Timy Baranoff Elementary


Megan Counihan, Principal

My name is Megan Counihan and I am the Principal of Timy Baranoff Elementary School. I graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998 with a Bachelors of Science in Applied Learning and Development. In 2008, I received my Master's of Education in Educational Leadership from Texas State University - graduating with honors. I have educational certifications in the following:

  • Principal
  • Elementary Comprehensive
  • Professional Development Elementary
  • National Board Teaching Certification Early Childhood Generalist
  • Generic Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)

Prior to becoming an administrator, I taught kindergarten, first grade and special education for ten years in South Austin. I have had the pleasure of being a member of the Baranoff Administration staff for the past ten years; the first seven of which, were as an Assistant Principal. I have a passion for education, am fascinated by the process of learning, and enjoy watching children grow their intellect and talent. I am fortunate to be a part of the wonderful community at Baranoff Elementary.

My husband and I are the proud parents of three children and three dogs. We enjoy spending time with family, going to the beach, trying new restaurants, traveling to new places, going for walks, and are voracious readers. Life is always an adventure!

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 Kristina Sanchez, Assistant Principal

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My name is Kristina Sanchez. I am the Assistant Principal of Baranoff. I am originally from Southern California where I was born and raised until 2002 when I decided to move to Austin, Texas to be closer to family. I graduated from UC Riverside in 1990 with a Liberal Arts Degree and received my Master's of Education in Educational Leadership in 2015 through Concordia University.

Before making the transition to Administration, I taught every grade from first to fifth and was a Math Specialist. I taught for twelve years in California and the past thirteen years at Casey Elementary in Austin. I chose a career in education because I love children. I enjoy fostering their growth both academically and socially. Facilitating the whole child to become a successful learner and adult in a very complex, ever-changing world is a challenge I enjoy. I am extremely excited to be continuing my career in education as Assistant Principal at Baranoff.

I have two children who keep me grounded. I am very proud of all of their accomplishments and am enjoying life as they continue to grow into young adults. I enjoy any time as a family. We love camping, relaxing, watching TV, and just being present for one another.

I am here to help make the year successful. I have an open door policy. Come by to ask questions, seek help, shed a tear, share a smile, or just talk.

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 Beth Cantu, Assistant Principal  

My name is Beth Cantu, and I am the Assistant Principal at Timy Baranoff Elementary School. I am a proud native of Austin, Texas, having attended grades K-12 in the Austin Public Schools.  I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development with a minor in English as a Second Language.  I also earned a Master's of Education in Educational Leadership and Principal Certification Early Childhood to Twelfth Grade from Texas State University in 2014.

In high school, after completing a teaching internship under the teacher who was my kindergarten teacher, I knew I wanted to be an elementary school teacher.  I taught kindergarten for 5 years and 3rd grade for 2 years in Austin ISD.  I believe every child can learn, and I enjoy fostering creativity, developing character, and providing students with the skills they need to reach their potential and lead productive lives.

My husband and I enjoy fitness activities, sports, traveling, and trying new foods.  Together we enjoy the company of our faithful boxers Roxie and Guacamole.

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