The Outlet: Danielle Nascimento

In this issue’s recurring segment that gives students an opportunity to learn more about the teachers they see every day, staffer Rachel Supnick interviews Student Government Association (SGA) and Interior Design 3 and 4 teacher Danielle Nascimento.

How did you first get involved with SGA?

I’ve been involved in [SGA] since third grade. I was super involved through elementary school, middle school and then high school. I held officer positions throughout [the time I was involved]; it was my high school passion. After college, I became a teacher and started teaching [DECA] here at Cypress. When I started, I was very interested in SGA and was always asking around about the program because I did not see that it was very active; the adviser just had a different way of running things than I was used to. Fortunately for me, the adviser retired and the position became available. I spoke to Mr. Neely about it and I was fortunate enough to get the job.

How did you begin teaching Interior Design?

Interior Design has always been a hobby of mine. About ten years ago, the county decided to start Broward’s first Interior Design program here [at the Bay]. I am in the current technical department and I had heard of [the program], so I went and got certified in it and here I am teaching it.

Is it ever difficult to transition teaching back and forth between the SGA and Interior Design?

Actually no, because [both classes] are similar and different in many ways. They are both creative, which is my favorite part about both of them, but Interior Design is not as stressful as SGA. For me, [Interior Design] is a nice change from the fast pace of SGA.

Before you decided to become a teacher, what was your dream career?

I wanted to be a doctor for many years, until I went to college. Then I realized with that job I was not going to be able to be creative and that was really important to me. For a while after that, I saw myself being an entertainment publicist.

What is your favorite part about teaching?

[My favorite part of teaching is] that every day is different. Every day is a new lesson and a new experience with the students and each day is what I make of it. Obviously teaching SGA every day is going to be different because every day we are planning something new, which I think is different than traditional teaching.

Outside of school, what is your favorite thing to do in your free time and why?

Shopping is my favorite. Retail therapy does wonders. I love walking around Target and the mall. Usually by myself is my favorite because I can spend as much time in any store that I want.

Who is your number one role model and why?

My grandfather [is my number one role model]. He has always been somebody who prides himself on having a very strong work ethic and doing things the right way all the time. Even if it takes more time [and] effort, you should always do things right and give it your all.

What do you want students to take away from your classes?

I want [my students] to take away some leadership skills. In SGA, I would like them to walk away feeling like they are organized and prepared to handle and plan anything in their life, whether in their future jobs or personal lives. In Interior Design, I would [hope that] those of them who are going off to be Interior Designers feel like they are light-years ahead of people their age who also have that same dream.

If you could give one piece of advice to your high school self, what would it be?

[The advice I would give to my high school self is] don’t freak out about the bigger picture because it all works out. As a kid, you think everything is the end of the world, and as you get older you realize it is really not. When you are stressed out, it is going to be for a moment in time. [My advice would be] do not freak out and make a plan and attack it, versus thinking that the world is caving in, because at the end of the day, everything is going to be okay.

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