Ms. Baranoff grew up in Indianapolis and was a student at Broad Ripple High School as part of the Humanities and Performing Arts magnet programs. In 1999 she moved to Ohio, where she attended the College of Wooster and graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Theater. She enrolled in the M.Ed. program at UIC in 2003, and received her degree in Instructional Leadership in 2005. Since then she has been teaching in CPS; the 2015-2016 school year marked a decade teaching at Hancock. In 2012, Ms. Baranoff became a National Board Certified Teacher. Ms. Baranoff has taught 9th - 12th grade English, as well as several electives, and she is particularly passionate about teaching Drama and AP Capstone. Ms. Baranoff partners with many professional organizations to provide additional educational opportunities for her students. Some of those partnerships include the Student Matinee Series at Goodman Theatre, the Young Playwrights Festival at Pegasus Theatre, and the Chicago Shakespeare Slam at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.