Maia Pavlick has passionately taught Social Studies classes to middle and high school students in several Connecticut districts over the last 15 years and she currently works at Cromwell Middle School.
Creating a classroom sanctuary that exudes a warm and uplifting vibe, and is an equitable refuge for all is of utmost importance to her. Maia strives to provide an immersive learning experience which includes, but isn’t limited to composing letters to international pen pals, experiencing other cultures while dining at local restaurants, and giving oral presentations on community projects at the United Nations in NYC.
Maia’s greatest joy as an educator is infusing community service work into her curriculum. Maia strives to instill the importance of giving selflessly without the expectation of receiving. Lessons of humanity sustain all year long in her classroom. Since 2013, her students have donated countless sandwiches and volunteered many hours at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen in Middletown. In 2019, her students executed an ice cream social to raise money for the purchase and assembly of food and hygiene kits for Cromwell families in need. During the pandemic and ever since, her classes have made hot to-go meals for the residents of the Eddy Shelter, a facility for the homeless in Middletown, while also carrying out a school-wide toiletry drive which yielded 1,342 items for the same shelter. This year, they held a food drive and helped host a pasta fundraiser to benefit Hinka’s Cupboard, a food pantry in Middletown.
One of her proudest achievements is planning and executing the first ever “Love Wins'' day at Cromwell Middle School in 2021, which is now an annual event. This is a whole school celebration of kindness and acceptance and is observed on May 17th (“International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia”).
Maia is a two time “Teacher of the Year” for Cromwell Middle School, in 2016 and 2022, and she was honored to receive the “Excellence in Social Studies for K-8” award from the Connecticut Council for the Social Studies in May of 2022.