Mrs. Barani grew up in Middle Village and attended Our Lady of Hope School as a child. She is also a parishioner of Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics at St. John’s University. She went on to pursue her teaching degree at Fordham University and Brooklyn College. Prior to OLHCA she taught at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Brooklyn as a Pre-K and 1st grade teacher for 19 years.