Daniela de Sousa, B. A

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Daniela de Sousa, B.A.
66 South Central Ave. Umatilla, FL Email: danidesampa@gmail.com

Phone. 860-377-5826. Web Site: danieladesousa.weebly.com

Art Teacher (K-12)
Eligible and highly qualified teaching professional. Trained in various artistic mediums. Talent for fostering art appreciation, and promoting creativity and open mindness. Capable to maintain a well disciplined and highly motivated classroom. Eager to bestow support and positive encouragement to ensure individual success. Collaborative educator, with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to cultivate and sustain strong relationships within the community.


Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts

Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT, 2006 Cum Laude.

Associate Degree in General Studies

Quinebaug Valley Community College, Willimantic, CT, 2003 Graduated with honors.

Completed Certification on “Supporting Children’s Language Development” and “Positive Guidance Techniques” at EASTCONN, Hampton, CT, 2002
Studies in Communication, Faculdade de Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1999

(Equivalent of 12 credits in US)


· Proficient in Spanish, English, and Portuguese.

· CPR and First Aid certified.

· Trained in Dysphasia Management, PDT (Prevention of Disease Transmission) and PMT (Physical Management Training).

Work Experience

Montessori at Roseborough August 2012 to Present

Teacher Assistant and Art Specialist
Work cohesively with the lead teacher to foster a nurturing and stimulating non-competitive environment for a lower elementary classroom. Job duties include organizing materials and cleaning the work space to facilitate the learning process and help guide each child through self-directed activities. Create art education units that provide opportunities for critical thinking, problem solving, and experiences with traditional and alternative media integrating with lead teacher’s curriculum context.
Free-lance Studio Artist June 2006 to Present
Contracted for commissioned portraits in chalk, acrylic and oil paints, figurative sculptures in fired clay, wood and metal, woodcarving and assemblage.

Free-lance Performing Artist August 2008 to Present
Performed in various venues with a Brazilian Jazz band as lead singer and rhythm guitar player (violao: nylon-stringed Brazilian guitar), and with a trio of voices, singing, arranging harmonies and playing rhythm guitar. Currently playing and singing solo.
Wind Horse Wellness Center - Eustis, FL March 2011 and June 2011

Art Instructor
Created a safe and collaborative environment for children ages 5 through 10 years old to explore, create and express themselves through open-ended projects such as recycling art, collages, paintings and sculptures using various themes and mediums.
Camp Horizons - South Windham, CT June 2009 to June 2010

Art Instructor
Supported young adult with disabilities to further artistic capabilities, creating fun and engaging educational and recreational projects integrating various thematic lessons, utilizing appropriate materials and encouraging self-expression through positive reinforcement.

Camp Horizons - South Windham, CT. February 2008 to June 2010

Job Coach
Supported persons with disabilities to find, maintain, and grow in community-based jobs. Develop work skills, provide education, training and other supports based on person-centered positive programming to adults with developmental disabilities. Provide school-to-work transitions and job development.
Windham Public Schools - Willimantic, CT October 2006 to June 2007

Special Education Secretary
Performed a variety of secretarial and clerical duties requiring the exercise of judgment in relation to problems and the ability to work with numerous interruptions. Made frequent contact with faculty, and other school departments and students; contacts require tact and diplomacy. Maintained school-oriented confidential information.
Windham Head Start - Willimantic, CT August 2006 to December 2006

Family Advocate Substitute

Long term Family Advocate substitute for the Windham Head Start and Early Head Start program. Executed basic office functions, including file maintenance and organize records. Coordinated with parents/guardians of children enrolled in the program. Provided support and created bridges between families and the school.

Windham Public Schools, Willimantic, CT. August 2004 to August 2006

Substitute Teacher
Traveled through the school district substitute teaching all core subjects for grades K-12. Implemented pre-planned lessons and activities in accordance with schools standards and teachers guidelines. Utilized a cooperative discipline model and a reward system to maintain a positive and focused classroom,
Windham Head Start - Willimantic, CT January 2002 to June 2003

Teacher Assistant
Assisted pre-school students with language development, motor skills and social development, providing care and guidance under the supervision of early childhood educators.
Play and Learn Daycare Center - South Windham, CT March 2001 to January 2002

Assistant Teacher
Assisted in the care and guidance of infants to pre-school age children. Organized educational projects and activities fostering language acquisition and phonological awareness. Assisted school age children with homework and school projects.
Windham Public Schools, Willimantic, CT. August 2000 to March 2001

Substitute Teacher Assistant
Traveled through the school district assisting teachers of all core subjects for grades K-12. Implemented pre-planned lessons and activities in accordance with schools standards and teachers guidelines.
Private Music Teacher - Sao Paulo, Brazil January 1998 to June 1999

Music Teacher
Taught private lessons of guitar, harmonica and music initiation for children ages 5 through 12 and adults beginners. Tailored lesson plans and integrated a wide range of activities and materials.

Santa Catarina Children’s Shelter - Sao Paulo, Brazil January 1998 to June 1999

Volunteer and Tutor
Tutored children with learning disadvantages with all subject areas and planned educational and recreational activities. Organized fund raising drives and coordinated holiday events for orphans.
Selected Exhibitions
ECSU Library. Willimantic, CT April 2005

Arts & Science Research Conference & Exhibition
Acus Gallery. Willimantic, CT May, 2006

Annual Senior Art Exhibition
WEEC. Willimantic, CT April 2006

Emerging Artist Exhibition
Spiral Gallery. Danielson, CT September 2006

ECSU Invitational at QVCC
Special Honors
Eastern State University Visual Arts Department May, 2005

Honorable Mention in recognition of outstanding academic achievement in Sculpture
Eastern State University Visual Arts Department May, 2006

Honorable Mention in Sculpture for excellence in Figure Modeling

Let the beauty we love be what we do.

(Rumi, Sufi Poet)

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