Dr. Larry  Baran

Larry Baran has been a classroom teacher for a quarter of a
century. His goal is to make his students life-long learners by teaching
survival academics during the teachable moments of job skills training.

Baran has produced champions among his disabled students by getting
those special education students involved in production of materials for
many national events including presidential inaugurations, remembrances
of Pearl Harbor and Desert Storm.

Larry Baran is nicknamed Captain Rainbow because he has been able to
achieve the impossible for himself and his students. He exemplifies his
simple philosophy that “The Impossible Dream Isn’t” to all those people
whose lives he’s touched through his many years of teaching and
involvement with the community.

Education

Loyola University, Doctor of Philosophy, 1996

Northwestern University, Master of Arts, 1971

Chicago State University, Bachelor of Science, 1969

Teaching Experience

1980-Present High School Special Education/Vocational Education Homewood-Flossmoor High School

1971-1980 Learning Disabilities teacher/Diagnostician Chicago Public Schools

1970-1971 Substitute teacher, Chicago Public Schools

Special Recognition

2008
The Diamond Award – Secretary of Veterans Affairs
2008
The Department of the Army Commanders Award for Public Service – Arlington National Cemetary
1997
The George Washington Honor Medal – Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge
1996
The Readers Digest American Heroes in Education
1996
The Golden Apple Teacher Award – Golden Apple Foundation of Chicago

1996

Dr. Dresser Cancer Award

1996

Clinton Presidential Visit

1995

Pentagon recognition WWII Anniversary

1995

Marine Corp Recognition Iowa Jima 50th Anniversary

1994-1995

Subject of Pentagon Documentary film

1995

American Heroes in Education by Readers Digest

1995

Chicagoland Metropolitan Area Golden Apple Teacher of the Year Award

1994

American Horticultural Society Award

1993

Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation

1991

President Bush Points of Light

1989

VP Quayle Visit