Thursday, May 4, 2017
As part of Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re spotlighting some of the wonderful teachers in MPS!
Art has the power to inspire – for Bari Svoboda, the inspiration was to become an art teacher and share her passion with students. Bari has worked in Milwaukee Public Schools for 23 years, first at 53rd Street School, then at Alexander Hamilton High School, where she has taught fine arts for 12 years.
“My favorite teacher was Mr. Kunz, my high school art teacher,” she said. “He will always be the gauge I use when in the classroom. Mr. Kunz was kind, caring, thoughtful, talented and so incredibly funny. He made me love and appreciate not only the arts, but learning in general.”
Bari was born and raised in Milwaukee and attended three MPS schools – Louisa May Alcott, Alexander Graham Bell and Alexander Hamilton High School. She is proud to teach at her alma mater, and her students remind her of herself during her high school years. “Mr. Kunz inspired me – my hope was to teach students and instill a passion for creating just as he did for me. It has come full circle – now the students inspire me.”
Bari not only loves teaching in Milwaukee, but she relates that it is the perfect place to enjoy her favorite pastime – water sports. “I love everything about the water – sailing, power boating, swimming, lounging and enjoying a great sunrise on Lake Michigan.”
As an educator, Bari lives by the words of Henri Matisse and shares his philosophy with her students: “Creativity takes courage.”