Teacher living out her dream of having her own school

Iveta Barková won the third edition of the Teacher of Slovakia competition.

Iveta Barková with her students.Iveta Barková with her students. (Source: Courtesy of Komenského inštitút)

Iveta Barková has been a teacher throughout her life. She always wanted to be a teacher and always knew what her dream school would look like. Since 2015, after she founded a Private Primary School in Senec with her colleague Jana Augustovičová, this dream has really come true.

Their school is not a typical business project. Although private, it is a teacher education project.

“Starting our own school was the best step in lives,” said Barková, adding that that they do everything as they we would in a regular school. “But the freedom we have gained allows us to spread our wings even more.”

Her story won her the Teacher of Slovakia 2020 prize, the Public Prize and a ticket to the world final Global Teacher Prize.

A dream about a school comes true

Iveta Barková studied Slovak language and history at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Comenius University in Bratislava. She continued her studies at the Central European University in Budapest, where she focused on the modern history of the 19th and 20th centuries. Subsequently, she worked as a secondary school teacher at the Anton Bernolák Grammar School in Senec and at primary schools in Nová Dedinka and Šenkvice.

She is the type of active teacher who constantly monitors what is happening in education in the world, how things can be done differently and better, and passes this information to other colleagues.

“I tried to apply this approach in public schools; unfortunately, not always with success,” said Barková.

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