S H A D I    Z A F A R P O U R

T E A C H I N G    E X P E R I E N C E S

Visual Arts and Design Middle School Teacher
Casvi International American School
Tres Cantos, Madrid
Nov. 2020 – Present
Utilizing IB methodology and MYP curriculums to plan lessons that builds 21st century skills in both subjects. Planning Visual Arts activities to create opportunities for self-expression and taking risks while building self-confidence, communication skills and creative thinking. Planning design projects to provide students with real world problems to gain knowledge and skills in understanding the problem, research, process, development and presentation; following the design cycle and utilizing technology. Planning many interdisciplinary units and events such as silence art performance in color units, editing videos, advertising, package design, technical drawing and costume design as well as planning and organizing a middle school fashion show for the first time to mention a few this year. Displaying students´ artworks throughout the campus.

Visual Arts K-12 Certified Teacher
Dallas Independent School District
Dallas, TX
Aug. 2014 - Aug. 2019
Certified K-12 Fine Arts Teacher.  Serve on District's Elementary Fine Art leadership team. Plan engaging instruction and assessments aligned with district guidelines and state TEKS. Differentiate instruction. Provide opportunities for hands on activities. Encourage artworks that reflects students prior knowledge and cultural background. Demonstrate fine art techniques to promote learning the skills. Enter students into fine art contests like Youth Art Month and PTSA Reflection. Maintain updated displays of students work throughout hallways. Active in taking leadership roles when needed for physical and emotional safety of students.

Visual Arts Instructor
Texans Can Academy 
Carrollton Farmers Branch, TX
Sept. 2013 - July 2014
Assist director in designing new enrichment programs on campus with 21st Century program. Visual Arts instructor. Instruct fine art techniques and computer graphic software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Visual Arts and Design program developer for 21st Century Enrichment. Design ads and flyers for upcoming events. Order and organize supplies for 21st Century department. Arrange Field trips. Register and recruit students for the Visual Art program. Arranged, set up and hold a successful finale of Student Art Gallery show in Latino Cultural Center in downtown.

Differentiation Instructor
Los Angeles Unified School District
Venice, CA
Dec. 2012 - June 2013
Served students at Walgrove Avenue Elementary. Small Groups Team lead. Instruct K2-5 using differentiation strategies in small groups. Form small groups based on the need of individuals and grade levels. Provide individualized instruction in collaboration with colleagues using data and test scores. Create practice package for individuals on specific units that lack knowledge. Cover and review concepts before test. Work with classroom teachers to provide supplemental instruction aid in small groups. Supervise at recess and assist with office work.

Student Teacher
Hawthorne School District 
Hawthorne, CA
Sept. 2010 – July 2012
Shadow and assist a second grade teacher Eucalyptus Elementary School. Develop lesson plans to encourage second grade students to draw upon their prior knowledge and cultural experiences. Incorporate the state's Art Integration Standards to promote hands-on activities for more meaningful learning experiences. Understand problem of practice. Value of leadership as a teacher in the community and community resources for effective teaching strategies. Take into consideration human development and learning theories to plan Instruction. Create a positive classroom environment. Attend teachers and parent teacher meetings. Volunteer to teach fine art lessons for 2nd grade.

D E S I G N   E X P E  R I E N C E S

Graphic Artist
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (GROUP360)
Plano, TX
June 2008 - Jan. 2010
Provide creative services for major clients such as Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Anheuser Busch. Design packagings, advertising collaterals, websites, brochures, ads, billboards, vending machines, truck graphics and displays. Modify and compose existing artwork. Photograph Products and Packaging. Due to exemplary hand-skills led company's mock-up projects. Create precise print ready files at production stage. Assisted Art Director in assigning projects. Contribute as “the utility-player” of the department in launching Dr Pepper Iron Man and 7UP campaigns. 
Product Package Designer
Malibu Toy Inc. (Aryapour Design, Inc.)
Santa Monica, CA
Aug. 2005 - Nov. 2007
Develop product and packaging brands for Malibu Toys Inc. Contribute to Aryapour design studio as a key employee and hands-on designer. Work on design and develop of product and packaging for Toys, Candies and Novelties. Keep Malibu Toys apprized of the entire process of creating and marketing a new product, including product research, prototype development, detailed mockups, design concept, packaging and production. Assist director in office inventories and chores.
3D Artist/Dimentionalist
Universal Studios (In-Three Inc.)
Westlake Village, CA
Oct. 2001 - Aug. 2003
Supply high quality 3D technology services to Universal Studios. Use In-Three's patented software called “Dimensionalization” to reconstruct and convert 2D films into 3D films such as “King Kong” and “Star Wars”. The Dimentionalization process involves intricate and precise modification of individual frames using special computer software to create 3D effects.

F R E E L A N C E    E X P E R I A N C E S

Painting Instructor
Painting With a Twist
Grapevine/McKinney/Frisco/Plano, TX
May 2010 – Present
Instruct 2 hours and 3 hours paintings. Pre-sketch and Pre-paint selected artwork prior to teaching the class. Work with assistants during instructing in my class. Assist other Instructors in their class. Assisting students achieve their goals in having fun while learning and finishing a painting by end of each class. Share technique to improve everyone's skills. Maintaining a positive and engaging atmosphere for learning and having fun.

Fashion Nova Instructor
STAR Education
Culver City, CA
Feb. 2013 - July 2013
Teach after-school Visual Arts and Fashion Nova classes in LAUSD and Beverly Hills schools. Teach summer camps such as “Fashion Forward”. Collaborate with directors, staffs and other Nova teachers to plan exciting projects and create an effective learning experiences.

Digital Arts Instructor
Palos Verdes Art Center
Palos Verdes, CA
Nov. 2010 - July 2013
Instruct digital art classes for adults. Teach basic rules in graphic design and advertising using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Write class syllabus, daily agenda and lessons plans. Share, communicate and plan in collaboration with school's director. Plan and teach summer art camps for kindergarden to fifth grade students. Establish a fun and respectable relationship with all staffs, students and parents.

Lead Fine Art Instructor
Hancock Park Art Center
Los Angeles, CA
Sept. 2005 – July 2013
Develop programs and curriculum. Teach three classes of different age groups such as such Mommy and Me, Mix Media and 2D Design. Utilize my graphic design skills to help advertise for the school’s different programs. Establish close relationship with parents in regards to students' academic progress. Help expand artistic abilities and visual perspective in students using different art techniques and mediums. Design team projects to encourage students to work together in groups.
Assistant Director/Producer/Host
Woodland Hills, CA
Jan. 2000 - Dec. 2003
Assist producer and director behind stage at the photo shoots of several commercials and music videos. Create visual props for back-drop and opening of TV shows. Assist in the production of a weekly satellite television shows. Assist stage designers, directors, and producers on the sets. Help actors with costume and make up. Capture and edit videos taken backstage and behind the scenes. Hosted a weekly entertainment live show, The Beat.


University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA
Graduate Spring 2012
Masters of Arts in Teaching in Urban Schools

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, CA
Graduate Spring 2005
Bachelor of Arts in Practice Arts and Multimedia

A W A R D S / C E R T I F I C A T E

Texas State K-12 Fine Art Teaching Certificate, Certified Spring 2015
Dallas Independent School District in Dallas, TX

Campus Teacher Leader Certificate, Award in May 2016
Teaching Trust/Teach for America (Ed Fellows Program) in Dallas, TX

Elementary Fine Art Department Leadership Team, Recruited in August 2015
Dallas independent School District in Dallas, TX

California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST), Certified Spring 2013
California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in Los Angeles, CA

SI Coach Certificate in Math and English, Awarded Fall 2003
El Camino College (Supplemental Instruction Program) in Torrance, CA

S O F T W A R E S / E Q U I P M E  N T S

•Adobe Illustrator •Adobe Photoshop •Adobe InDesign •Microsoft Office
•Quark Xpress  •Final Cut Pro •Macromedia Flash •Alias-Maya
•Cinema 4D •EPSON Printer •Kodak Waterproofing


• Fine Arts • Visual Arts • Mix media • Product Package Design • Photography 
•Printmaking • Digital Arts • Advertising • Print Production 

• Leadership skills • Leading by example • Motivating others
• Team-player • Organizational skills • Problem-solving
• Goal-oriented • Jack of all trades • Utility-player 
• Trusted by supervisors  

L A N G U A G E S 

English (Fluent in reading, writing, speaking and understanding).
Farsi/Persian (Fluent in reading, writing, speaking and understanding).
Spanish (Basic Knowledge in reading, writing, speaking and understanding).
Arabic  (Basic Knowledge in reading and writing).

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Arts and crafts. Graphic design. Interior designer. Product package designer. Cartoon. Animation. Digital and manual photography. Painting. Drawing. Translation. Extracurricular activities. After school programs. English teacher. Art teacher. Certified teacher.