Tuesday, June 26, 2012

And your new docent contact is...


Hello, faithful docents:

I am sharing what I hope will be welcome news: Beginning in September, I will be transitioning from my current Director of Education position into a part-time position as the Public and Docent Programs Manager. This means I will be overseeing the parts of Janas former job that dealt with developing public programs (lectures, adult workshops, etc), docent training, as well as the Gates Art Resource Center. (Megan will continue to handle those aspects dealing with general volunteer hiring and coordination, including docent scheduling for group tours.)

This allows me to spend more time with my young daughter, while remaining a part of the museum family and getting to work more closely with all of you, so I am very excited about it, and very grateful that the museum has been so supportive about the transition! Please see Stephanies email below for more about the timeline and how this affects the department as a whole. Of note is that I remain in my director role through early August, and will then be away for most of that month before returning in my new role in September. This leaves me (and the whole department) with a very busy July as I try to serve you in both roles, so please bear with me!

I know I have some big shoes to fill in the form of my predecessor, and rest assured Ill try to get some advice directly from Jana so that I can best support you all in the great work you do for the museum. I think most of you know that my background, training, and graduate degree is in museum education, including adult education, that Ive taught some docent trainings in the past and been involved in their development for the past 3 years, and that I have a huge amount of respect and appreciation for all you do, so hopefully you will feel that you remain in good hands.

Ill definitely want to meet with you all to get feedback on what has and hasnt been working and what you might want from the museum in the future, but more on that in a separate email later, since this is probably a lot to take in!

Warm regards,


Courtney Vowels | TACOMA ART MUSEUM

Director of Education

T: 253.272.4258 x3038

1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, Washington 98402


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From: Stephanie Stebich
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 9:56 AM
To: All Employees; All Interns and Workstudies
Subject: changes in Education

Dear All,

I share with you upcoming changes in the education department.

After August 4, Courtney Vowels will step down as Director of Education, and beginning the week of September 3 (following family travel during the month of August) she will assume the role of part-time Public and Docent Programs Manager. Courtney has determined she needs to adjust her work-life balance, and we support her in that effort.

I am grateful for Courtney’s 4 ½ years of service to the museum, including 3 years of leading the Education department during an exciting period. She has been an important part of the senior manager team. We are grateful Courtney will remain a part of the museum family in her new role and help with the transition in leadership. 

Josh Proehl has agreed to step up as Interim Director of Education beginning Tuesday, August 7. He will shadow Courtney in relevant meetings in July and begin to take on some new responsibilities over the course of the month in order to make this shift as smooth as possible. We thank him for his willingness to take on additional administrative duties while continuing as Community Programs Manager.

We plan to share the Director of Education job shortly and ask for your recommendations for top candidates to consider.


Stephanie A. Stebich


Tacoma Art Museum

1701 Pacific Avenue

Tacoma, Washington 98402

T: 253.272.4258 x3014

F: 253.627.1898


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