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Alicia Valdes

Artist - Illustrator




-Traditional drawing and painting

-Digital art (Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator and Procreate)

-Teaching in and out of classroom

-Lesson planning and curriculum design

Work Experience

Small Business Owner | Self-Employed

March 2020– Present

-Small business management of Ally Cat Studio

-Use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Procreate to create digital artwork

-Create a variety of merchandise such as stickers, keychains, art prints, pins, and pin-back buttons

-Participate as a vendor at local conventions and markets such as Tampa Bay Comic Con, Anime St. Pete, Indie Flea St. Pete, and Milk Mart Orlando

-Manage inventory of art products

-Sold original paintings at local art galleries, Atelier de Sosi, Populoum, and House of Shadows

-Taught two paint party classes with Atelier de Sosi at their gallery and one at Kava Cave


Art Teacher | Hillsborough County Public Schools

January 2015- November 2021

-Initiated and maintained a successful art program and after school art club

-Organized field trips to the Tampa Museum of Art, Chihuly Collection, Morean Glass Studio, and the Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art

-Coordinated with art shows such as the Dali Student Surrealist Art Show, the Art in the Capitol Competition, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

-Participated with my students in the local animal shelter art contest and show

-Instructed and led paint party classes for both students and teachers

-Presented to local art teachers at the Hillsborough County Public Schools Professional Development Day on August 3rd, 2021

-Presented to Florida art teachers at the Florida Art Education Association Conference in Orlando on October 14th and 15th 2021

-Participated as an art summer camp instructor at Tampa Bay Boulevard Elementary

-Participated with students in the Hillsborough County Doodads Art Sculpture Competition

-Participated with students in the Tampa Museum of Art Youth @ Art Showcase


Youth Program Assistant | MacDill Air Force Base

June 2014– December 2014

-Participated as a summer camp and after-school counselor for the MacDill Air Force Base Youth Programs for children

-Participated as an aid in regular field trips outside of the base with students in the program

-Led the program’s 4-H Photography Club

-Initiated and taught art and crafts lessons to students


English Teacher | Teach and Learn in Korea

August 2012– January 2013

-Taught English to elementary level students

-Developed and adjusted curriculum to accommodate individual needs

-Collaborated with Korean co-teacher once a week in the classroom

-Gave individual attention to students seeking additional guidance with coursework

-Participated in multiple cultural excursions throughout South Korea to learn about the culture and history of the country


Technology Instructor | Museum of Science and Industry

June 2012– July 2012

-Spent four weeks as a Technology Instructor for the Museums Science Summer Camp

-Taught youth K-5 how to create games and animations with easy-to-use software such as Microsoft’s Kudo and Scratch

-Created and implemented curriculum and lesson plans for weekly summer camp classes at MOSI

-Provided students with regular tours around the museum during camp

Volunteer Experience

Art Instructor | AmeriCorps

August 2010– August 2011

-Educated youth to develop critical thinking skills through the use of art

-Created and implemented a variety of lesson plans

-Organized and led the Teen Program’s Photoshop Class

-Designed and organized an art mural project, Paint the Possible, at HCC Ybor Gallery

-Participated in the National Title I conference as an exhibitor with Community Stepping Stones

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