Betsy Marie Kryeziu has been elected to serve as secretary of the Arkansas Art Education Association. --
Kryeziu, 40, teaches drawing at Har-Ber High School. She’s been teaching with Springdale Public Schools since 2008 and began working at Har-Ber in 2020. Kryeziu taught elementary art and at Central Junior High School for six years prior to serving at Har-Ber.
Kryeziu was chosen to serve as Arkansas Art Education Association secretary by a vote of the association’s members in December and was notified by the association of her new role Feb. 4.
“I’m so excited to be elected into this position. I’m passionate about advocating for visual arts and what it means for students to have a place to be creative,” Kryeziu said. “Being an advocate for visual arts also means standing strong with and for visual arts teachers.
“Unfortunately, many visual arts teachers aren’t treated fairly or given the tools to create a successful program,” she said. “I believe that visual arts should be celebrated, encouraged, provided and integrated for all students and teachers. I hope to always be a strong advocate that others are proud to stand with.”
The Arkansas Art Education Association is a statewide nonprofit organization of art teachers whose focus is to advocate for art education through supporting legislation and providing quality professional development for all art instructors in the state, according to the association’s website.
“I am so thankful to work with an administration that truly sees the importance of art education, as well as supporting art teachers, the way they continue to,” Kryeziu said. “When you have people around you that see your vision, trust your method of teaching, and say ‘go for it,’ then there really is only room for growth and success.”
Kryeziu was born and raised in Fayetteville but currently calls Cave Springs home. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis on art education, ceramics and black and white film photography from the University of Arkansas in 2008. She is married to Kosovar Kryeziu.
Kryeziu will serve as Arkansas Art Education Association secretary for two years. She’s been affiliated with the association since 2008.
“I have been accepted as a presenter on numerous occasions throughout the years, both regionally and statewide,” Kryeziu said. “I actually presented my “1,000 Crane Project” and also held a “New Teacher Discussion” in November at the Arkansas Art Educator Conference.”