Arts Education Specialist Transition
“It is with a mixture of sadness and joy that I wish Helen and her family the very best as they pursue new dreams and opportunities. While our time as colleagues was brief, Helen’s numerous contributions toward Arizona’s arts education ecosystem will remain. It has been an honor to work with and learn from Helen’s servant leadership. Ohio is fortunate to have gained such a powerful advocate, educator, and arts scholar. From all of us at the Arizona Department of Education, thank you Helen for your service.”
Dustin K. Loehr, Director of Arts Education & Title IV-A
Dear Arts Educators, Administrators, & Community Partners,
I am writing this letter to inform you that I will be transitioning out of the role of Title IV-A Arts Education Specialist with the Arizona Department of Education. My last official day with the Arizona Department of Education will be Friday, May 13th, 2022. I have always believed in the power of education to open doors to new opportunities, insights into self and the world, and discovering individual passions. This belief is at the foundation of my teaching philosophy. Several years back, my husband made the difficult decision to return to school to complete his bachelor’s degree, and after many years of hard work will be graduating this May and transitioning to a position as an engineer with Honda Motor Company. As such, my family and I will be moving to Columbus, Ohio mid-May.
Supporting student achievement and social emotional growth is more important than ever in the COVID informed world of education. I am exceptionally proud of the work creating sample lesson plans highlighting the symbiotic relationship of Arts and Social Emotional Learning and the creation of standards resources, such as Student-Friendly Language versions of the standards and Sample Lesson Plans that model how to implement with fidelity the Academic Standards in the Arts into arts classrooms. Collaborating with these teacher and teaching artist cohorts has been a highlight of my tenure with ADE. I hope that this work will support Arizona arts educators in cultivating artistic literacy in Arizona students. I have also been privileged to enjoy the amazing performances of Arizona students through attending performances, reviewing submissions to ADE showcases and the ADE Student Art Gallery, and student State Seal of the Arts Proficiency Capstone Projects. In seeing the amazing creations and performances, I am constantly inspired by the power and beauty of the arts, the joy, creativity, and intellectual stimulation that instruction in the arts provides, and the magic that happens every day in the classroom of an Arizona arts educators.
It has been my pleasure serving arts education at the state for the last nine months and I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished and started in this short time together. I am committed to ensuring a smooth transition to pass along my institutional knowledge to my successor and want nothing more than to ensure arts education in Arizona continues to grow and enrich the lives of Arizona students. I fully intend to remain engaged with arts education as I transition to Ohio in a new capacity and hope to find opportunities for cross-state collaborations to continue the work started and relationships created.
Always in collaboration,
Helen Buck-Pavlick, MFA
Title IV-A Arts Education Specialist
Letter of Transition