Idyllwild School teacher Danielle Baraty received the monthly Hemet Unified School District’s Recognition and Award from the governing board last week.

At the July 22 meeting, Trustee Vic Scavarda of Idyllwild recommended Baraty as the July honoree. The board also presented her with a $500 certificate, which she can use for any district program.

In the district’s press release, Idyllwild School Principal Matt Kraemer said, “Dani runs an extremely structured program at Idyllwild School with high expectations for student performance. She uses creative instructional strategies, which captivates and motivates students to achieve.

“She frequently taps into students’ artistic and literary skills and crosses over the curriculum as she is able to break down difficult math concepts for students. The pop-up math notebooks her students create and her celebration of ‘Pi Day’ on March 14 are two such examples of her creative ideas,” he added.

“The students in Dani’s room have frequently shown dramatic improvement in both their academics and social skills due to the guidance, structure and patience she has bestowed upon them,” Kraemer noted.

Baraty has taught in Catalina, Ontario and a year in New Jersey. When she joined HUSD in the spring of 2005, her assignment was at Winchester School. From there she moved to Idyllwild School, where she conducts afterschool math intervention and also serves as the girls’ softball head coach.

Baraty earned her bachelor’s degree in behavioral science from Drew University in New Jersey in 1993. She holds multiple subject and single-subject math credentials. Baraty also has earned a master’s degree in educational technology.