One Garfield

Meet Bonnie Hungate-Hawk! GHS Art Teacher

Bonnie Hungate-Hawk has been teaching at Garfield for 17 years! She started the art department at GHS, as the school offered just photography classes when she was first hired.

In her early years at Garfield, Ms. Hungate-Hawk’s classroom was located downstairs in a converted girls’ locker room (she removed the lockers herself!). In the hopes of providing classroom space more conducive to making art, with better light and more space for a printing press and supplies, Ms. Hungate-Hawk volunteered to serve on the rebuilding committee when Garfield was renovated from 2006-2008. She was therefore able to weigh in with architects on the design of an appropriate art studio for the school.

As one of 135 AP readers in the country, Ms. Hungate-Hawk goes to Salt Lake City, UT each spring, where she spends seven consecutive days scoring over 56,000 AP studio art portfolios. That means she looks at over 287,000 images!

Stewart Hawk, the theatre teacher, is married to Ms. Hungate-Hawk, and they have three grown children who all graduated from Garfield. In her free time, Ms. Hungate-Hawk enjoys painting, jewelry making, gardening, and cooking. She lives in a multi-generational household (which includes her 99-yr. old father) and she says family is the most important thing in her life. – Thanks to Kris Morada for this story