Miranda Kalish was born and raised in New York City. She returned to the city upon graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in psychological and brain sciences. She has worked with young children for as long as she can remember, starting with jobs in day camps and afterschool programs. She became passionate about early childhood education while working at the Washington University Nursery School during her undergraduate career. Miranda joined the nursery school community as an associate teacher in Classroom 2 in 2018.