Carnegie Mellon University

April 2021 Family Spotlight: 
Twins Find Individual Voices


The Rao Family have been part of the Children’s School community since their sons, Lev and Kiran, joined the Blue Room in 2019. Dahlia and Shiv Rao met while studying History at Carnegie Mellon in 2000 and returned to Pittsburgh from Ann Arbor to start their family in 2010. Shiv is a Cardiologist at UPMC and the CEO and Founder of Abridge, a startup that helps people record, understand, and follow through on their health. Dahlia has worked as an arts education consultant for both community organizations and university-community partnerships across Pittsburgh. Lev and Kiran have a 10-year-old sister named Mila who attends the Fanny Edel Falk School. They will miss CMU tremendously when the boys join Mila there next year. We all hope to stay involved and connected!

Lev and Kiran completely adore their classroom, the teachers, and their friends at the Children’s School. They have thrown themselves fully into the ocean exploration unit and come home with so much new knowledge and even more questions to investigate together! They have formed friendships and found their individual voices in the classroom. We feel lucky to have found a school that has fostered their growth so much during this particularly challenging year!