We are excited to announce that Dr. Ivy Pfeffer has joined our team as Arkansas State Director! We cannot wait to see Dr. Pfeffer excel in her role and lead us in serving the schools and school districts of Arkansas! Please join us in welcoming her to the Bailey team!!
Dr. Ivy Pfeffer joins the Bailey Education team as the Arkansas State Director with 28 years of experience as an educator. After 18 years serving in teaching and administrator positions in K-12 schools, Ivy joined the Arkansas Department of Education. As an Assistant Commissioner for the state department, Ivy’s primary roles included oversight for teacher and administrator recruitment, preparation, licensing, and support. She worked with state legislators to codify the Arkansas Teacher Continuum, creating state’s first Career advancement program for lead and master teachers. She also coordinated the administration of new teacher and principal evaluation systems, created leadership development modules for school leaders, and successfully relaunched the Teach Arkansas campaign to reignite interest and to increase the number of teachers in Arkansas’s educator workforce. For the past seven years, Ivy served as Deputy Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education where she worked closely with the Governor’s office and legislators to implement state policy. In addition, she coordinated a multi-agency effort to develop a teacher residency model to provide a work-based pathway to teacher licensure and oversaw the expansion of career pathways for students through the Career Coach Program and expanded access to Arkansas’ secondary career centers. She was a department lead for the development of the Arkansas Tutoring Corps program and provided leadership support for the redesign and implementation of state and federal accountability systems. Ivy also led recovery efforts for Arkansas’s Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief Funding and helped redesign the state’s Enhanced Student Achievement categorical funding to improve student outcomes with evidence-based practices.