Ali Baran

Fourth Grade Homeroom

Ali is a fourth grade homeroom teacher. After a few years in the corporate world, Ali found her home in education.

Beginning her career in early childhood education, Ali taught Kindergarten, Pre-first, and first grade. She has been teaching fourth grade for the past 15 years. Ali has extensive experience creating curriculum for early and upper-elementary grades, and embraces social-emotional learning as an integral part of education and child development. She has mentored students, assistants, and new teachers throughout her teaching career. Ali is also a Lower School New Faculty Coordinator and a member of the Upper Elementary Admission Committee (since 2013).

“I believe that the best educators are those who are constantly questioning, reconsidering, and reimagining what they are teaching, why they are teaching it, and how it is being taught.”

Ali holds a B.A. in English from Hobart and William Smith College with a Minor in Religious Studies, and an M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her published works include an article in Independent School Magazine entitled, “Home Improvement: A look at the historical role of homework in education, where we are today, and what schools need to consider as they evaluate their approach” (Winter, 2019; Winter, 2022). Ali is the parent of two Park students in the Classes of 2022 and 2024. 

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Ali Baran
Fourth Grade Homeroom
At Park since 2008
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Hobart and William Smith College B.A. in English
University of Pennsylvania M.S.Ed. in Elementary Education