Buford City School System is one of those rare public school systems that funds a top notch Fine Arts department. There is always a flurry of activity, and the High School’s Art Class is no exception. Students’ creativity is encouraged, and they flourish under Art Teacher, Kim Barge.
Creative Outlook magazine named Mrs. Kim Barge as their Art Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Barge received this honor after being nominated by one of her students, Madison McManners. She was “very surprised” to have been nominated and was “even more surprised” when she won.
Mrs. Barge, who has been teaching at Buford for the last three years, creates a very relaxed teaching environment for her students. She encourages them and has fun with dancing, singing, and humor. Mrs. Barge cares deeply about each of her students and gets to know them on a personal level. She has become very invested in all of her students, one of the many reasons they love her. She makes her classroom fun, learning the arts exciting, and this year she made sure her students had a spot in the National Art Honor Society. McManners told Creative Outlook that Mrs. Barge “cares more about the students than any other art teacher” and describes the art room at Buford High School to be a safe place where students can come and be themselves.
In response to having been nominated by a student for the award, Mrs. Barge is quoted as saying “I am thankful to work with such awesome students at a school system that supports the arts! I love my job.” Mrs. Barge is inspired most by the relationship she has with her students. She is constantly encouraging and supporting her students by entering their artwork into several art shows a year to show them that they can make money by doing something they love.