Monica Daranyi

Monica Daranyi

Year Honored: 2022

Milken Community School
Los Angeles, CA

Biographical Information:

Milken Community School has thrived thanks to math teacher Monica Daranyi's three decades of commitment to excellence, devotion to community and deep concern for students and colleagues. Ms. Daranyi makes geometry rigorous and relevant, helping students build math competency and executive functioning skills that serve them well beyond the walls of her classroom. She looks for cross-curricular opportunities, such as a recent collaboration with Milken's "Fab Lab" (makerspace) where students created and explored the geometry of stained glass windows. As the division dean for ninth and tenth grades, Ms. Daranyi is on the front lines helping students who are struggling academically, socially or behaviorally. The "ruach" or spirit of the Milken community, she spearheaded the school's 6-12 house system and "house cup" competition, worked with divisional rabbis to reimagine Purim week, and planned the first whole-school Hanukkahton retreat at American Jewish University's Brandeis Bardin campus.

Note: This biography was current at the time this educator received the Award