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Dr. Poornima Dsouza

Master of Education Instructor

Ed.D., University of St. Thomas
M.A. Karnatak University
B.A., Bangalore University

Publications and presentations

  • 2017 - May, Presenter at U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station on cultural nuances and norms in the Asian Culture
  • 2017 – March, Faculty in-service presentation to Sioux Falls Catholic School faculty on Linguistic and Cultural Challenges
  • 2016 – January, Guest speaker at South Dakota Head Start Health and Nutrition Managers -ERSEA networking
  • 2015 – November, Presenter at TESL Conference at Sioux Falls – Bridging the Multicultural Divide: Facilitating School-Parent Relationships
  • 2015 – June, Guest Speaker for MCHC/RISE-UP program at Sioux Falls - Intersection of Education and Health in the Immigrant Population
  • 2015 – April, Cultural training seminar for Youth Archery World Championship at Yankton
  • 2013 – October, Presenter at TESL Conference at Sioux Falls – Parent University-Empowering Parents with Technology and Literacy Skills
  • 2011 – October, Presenter at TESL Conference at Sioux Falls – Using Technology to Promote Cultural Awareness Within Your Classroom, School and Parent Community
  • 2010 – August ELL Orientation, Jane Addams, SFSD – Web 2.0 Tools for ELL teachers
  • 2010 – June, Presented to State of SD ELL Advisory Committee in Pierre on Web 2.0 Tools
  • 2009 – August, Presenter at TESL Conference at Sioux Falls – Using Web 2.0 Tools to Connect Cultures
  • 2008 – October, Presenter at TESL Conference at Bismarck – Best Approaches Involving Immigrant Parents and Families
  • 2008 –August, Presenter at the Learning Starts at Home – Partnerships with Families Creates Success Conference
  • 2008 – January, Presenter at the Student Support Staff Conference
  • 2007– October Speaker at the OELA Summit VI at Washington D.C
  • 2006-2015 – Presented at O’Gorman High School – ELL Mentors
  • 2010 -2015 – Guest speaker at USF and Augustana University - Human Relations/ Differentiation and Diversity Class

Professional experience

  • Parent Educator/School-Home Liaison, Sioux Falls School District
  • Adjunct Faculty, Augustana University, Sioux Falls, SD


  • 2017– May, Winner of book grant from REACH a Reader
  • 2017– May, Publication: “Foot Prints”- collection of stories both fiction and non-fiction about the first-hand experiences of adult learners from different cultures.
  • 2017– April, Winner of Innovation in Education grant for Literacy for the Parent University's World of Wisdom Book Club
  • 2016 – December, Winner of Three Wishes to Three Teachers, First Lutheran Church for promoting Literacy at Parent University
  • 2016 – August, Winner of Sioux Empire Realtors for Kids for Cultural Exchange
  • 2015 – August, Winner of the Hometown Hero Award from Modern Woodmen of America
  • 2014 – March, Winner of the Sioux Falls Junior League Grant for Parent University
  • 2013 – October, Winner of the Community Foundation Grant for i-Pads
  • 2012 – December, Winner of the PEP Grant and Community Foundation Grant for i-Pads
  • 2010 – May, Winner of the Qwest Teachers and Technology Grant from South Dakota DOE
  • 2009 – Winner of the SFSD Quality Fair
  • 2008 – Winner of the SFSD Quality Fair
  • 2007– October, Nominated as Sioux Falls Hero –Reaching out to Families – Published Argus Leader
  • 1987– 1994 - Received appreciation letters for mobilizing funds, canvassing deposits, and organizing cultural events.
  • Recipient of many awards for developing web pages
  • Represented the State at the National Level Republic Day Parade as an Army Cadet - India