Fourth Grade Teacher Ali Baran Presents at 2023 NAIS Annual Conference


Lower School fourth grade homeroom teacher Ali Baran (pictured far right) presented at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Annual Conference this year, which took place in Las Vegas at the end of February. Ali presented with four other people from different independent schools around the country about successful onboarding of new faculty, and the various roles they play in this process. 

“Our workshop, ‘Cultivating Opportunities to Connect, Belong, and Contribute While Onboarding New Faculty,’ was very well attended and we received positive feedback — it was an example of how educators from different schools can successfully collaborate. I feel fortunate that I was able to represent Park!”

The theme for this year’s conference was Cultivating Community. “Community is a shared language, a common purpose, and a safe place to land during difficult times. Independent school communities strive, now more than ever, to create connections and relationships that will enable all members to thrive.”

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).

Learn more about Ali here.

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