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    About Ms. Sousae
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    Welcome to the wonderful world of Art! This is my 19th year as the Art Teacher at Cielo but 23rd year in the district. I am very lucky because I teach all the students at Cielo from Kindergarten to 5th grade.
    I am very excited to see all the returning students and hear about their summer time adventures. I am looking forward to getting to know the new students and all my new friends in Kindergarten too.
    I grew up in Homewood, Illinois and I graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in Art Education. I received my Masters Degree in Art Therapy from United States International University in San Diego, California. I have two children who are both Cielo alumni. 
    Let me just say the mere presence of the arts in the Kyrene School District indicates education committed to excellence. School districts that perform at the highest level include Art in their curriculum. It is an integral part of your child’s education at Cielo, which will enable your student to recognize the value of art in our society. Specific strategies, art activities, and materials are developed for the needs of the individual and culture of our school. Studies verify that arts education improves student attendance, academic performance, teamwork, logical thinking, innovation,and problem solving. Art develops vision, both physical and conceptual, integrates knowledge, extends thinking, and creates standards of excellence.