Wayss earned an M.A. in Creative Arts and Learning and is currently an art teacher at Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford and co-founder of the Music and Art Collaborative, Inc. Her inspiration often comes from her environment and her Portuguese heritage.“As an artist growing up, living and working in New England, I have always been drawn to the sea,” Wayss said. She inspires her students to use their surroundings—the sea, marine life, and harbors as subject matter. She holds middle school art exhibitions annually in New Bedford, as well as private exhibitions for her students.