Shalom was born and raised in New York City and attended CUNY: Brooklyn College where he majored in Film Studies and minored in Education. He is recently in his third and final year of an MFA program in Film and Electronic Media at American University. Before coming to AU, Shalom was a grade school teacher for the past decade in New York and California. Shalom enjoys spending time with his family: husband Adam, cat Shachar, and dog Phaedra. He also enjoys watching and creating media (films, videos, etc.), travelling, taking photos, collecting magnets, listening to oldies music, and teaching whenever he gets the chance. Shalom is thrilled to be a part of CMSI and grateful for this opportunity.