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My name is Isabella Di Stefano. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa, and recently graduated from the University of Guelph attaining a Bachelors of Arts and Science with specializations in Biology and Fine Art.  As a teacher candidate I aim to foster an accepting and encouraging community by employing advocacy, assuming the role of a supportive figure, and uniquely challenging students to realize their full potential.   Through my varying skillset I strive to facilitate multi-disciplinary connections to promote critical thinking and allow students to investigate real-world applications of content.

I possess a warm personality, I am highly adaptive, and I often use humor to initiate connection with others. Although these characteristics have proven to be instrumental with hands on experience working with youth, I am eager to continue to develop skills and strategies to use within the classroom.


Print and Workshop Assistant, Possible Worlds
October 2021- Present
Fostering collaborative art making with the public through on-going Risograph and Silk Screen workshops. Placing emphasis on making art accessible while holding an inclusive space to share culture and creativity.

CSEA/SCÉA Conference Presenter
November 2021
Conference rooted in Art Education, Social Justice, and Democracy. Spoke at a National level Conference. Communicated experience creating Creative self-care zine for teachers, a collaborative mail art project aimed to build community whilst covid-19 caused isolation. Social justice, environmental education, wellness, and community were underscored.

Workshop Facilitator, Community Arts Education
May 2021- August 2021
Co-founded Community Arts Education (CAE) consisting of art-based teacher candidates from the Faculty of Education. Facilitated online workshops, focusing on how zine-making in the classroom can be utilized as a tool to initiate conversations and supports surrounding mental health. CAE hosts ongoing workshops within the ottawa community that hold space for equity and social justice.

Emergency Supply, Grand Erie District School Board
December 2020 – April 2021
As an occasional teacher in elementary schools, I exhibited strong instructional strategies and problem-solving skills to provide depth in understanding. Covered classes from JK to grade 8 in diverse disciplines. Demonstrated creativity in delivery of lessons, as well as effortless classroom management.

Educational Program Developer, Glenhyrst Art Gallery
June 2020 – December 2020
I created a comprehensive art curriculum in response to the pandemic, in which students can create art from home inspired by the permanent collection. The curriculum is devised into units of: Social Justice, Indigenous Art , Environmental Art, Women in Art and the Canadian Landscape. These activities are suitable for grades K-12 and are in-line with the Provincial Arts Curriculum standards.

Microbiological Photographer, Center for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph
Sept 2019 – May 2020
Within an entomology lab, I photographed diverse insects collected from around the world. I edited photos utilizing adobe photoshop for precision, sequenced DNA, then submitted to a database for records and further research.

Speaking Agency English Teacher, Paris France
January – May 2019
I Offered private English lessons to French children, helping to develop their practical English skills by using tailored approaches for each individual.

Boys and Girls Club Camp Counsellor
July – September 2018
I planned and implemented unique outdoor activities daily for campers aged 6-12.  I demonstrated outstanding creativity, and employed immense communication skills with staff, and campers to ensure programs ran smoothly. 

Boys and Girls Club After School Program Leader
April – June 2018
I carried out enjoyable activities at Major Ballachey Elementary School, which aimed to improve students academic, physical, and social skills. I supervised students’ behavior in a classroom, playground and library, providing a safe and positive learning environment.

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