"I especially liked the part where we got to create our own
tall tales. It was really fun to all of us, I liked the way we
got to listen while
people turned actual stories around." - Groveport Madison
Tells Her Story
I started storytelling as a school librarian.
I discovered that when we all jumped
into a story and didn’t take a breath until it spit us
out on the other side, the experience drew us together and
set the tone for the lesson to follow.
During my time as a
librarian, I found good readers make pictures in their heads
of the story they are reading, and I knew, from my own listening
experience, that good listeners do the same. I believed then,
as I do now, that reading stories and listening to stories
exercise many of the same faculties.
“You have a
rare gift for creating the most extraordinary pictures and
making them real.” - Adele Browne, coordinator for
the first annual Hock Hocking Liars Contest.
I have a master’s in Library Science and have worked with books
and kids in a school library for eighteen years. Before that I was a Montessori
kindergarten and preschool teacher. Now, in between working on stories to tell,
I work on stories to write and have published several articles in AppleSeeds Magazine
and an emergent reader entitled Beavers.
Memberships and Involvement
I am a member of the Greater Columbus Arts
In the School Program, Artsbridge
in Marietta and Parkersburg and the Muse Machine in Dayton.
I also am a member of the National Storytelling Network, the Ohio
Order for the Preservation of Storytelling, and I serve
on the board of the Storytellers of Central Ohio.
Please take a look at some of the places I have been giving
storytelling workshops and performances.
recent performances include:
Ohio State University 2007
Barlow Vincent Elementary, Marietta 2007
Warren Elementary, Marietta 2007
Annehurst Elementary, Columbus 2007
Columbus Z00 2005 and 2006
Holy Trinity School, Bucyrus, Ohio 2006
Bowling Green Montessori, Bowling Green
Waverly Primary, Waverly, Oho 2006
Larkmoor Elementary, Lorain, Ohio 2006
Dowd Center, Columubus 2006
Stinson Elementary, Canal Fulton, Ohio 2006
Harmar Elementary School, Marietta 2006
Suffield Elementary, Mogadore, Ohio 2006
Columbus Museum of Art 2006
Worthington Hills Elementary School, Worthington, Ohio 2006
St. John's Epscopal Church, Columbus, Ohio 2006 and 2007
Worthington Griswold Senior Center, Worthington, Ohio 2006
Fredericktown Intermediate School, Fredericktown, Ohio 2006
A sampling of recent teaching and workshop activities
St. Joseph Montessori School 2007. I worked with the entire class of 42 for an afternoon devoted to storytelling. Twelve children and I followed up the following week. The children learned and practiced
stories, which they performed on Friday.
National Reading Recovery Conference 2006. I have presented at this conference several times. Two of my topics have been "Spooky Tales in the Classroom", "Beginning Storytelling".
Thurber House Writing Program 2005 and 2006. I gave a six week long writing workshop for k-1 and their parents. Also, I participated in the 4th -6th grade summer writing camp.
Weeklong Storytelling Camp for 4th to 6th grade 2006. At St.
Joseph Montessori seven 4th -6th graders and I interviewed senior citizens, listened to great tellers, rode the bus, wrote in our journals about the people we saw, and prepared stories for our senior buddies based on the stories they told us.
Honors and Awards
I was one of the winners of the first National Storytelling
Contest held in Hillsboro, Ohio
In 2005, I was awarded first place in the first annual Hock
Hocking Liar’s Contest
I attended the Kennedy Center two day workshop for teaching artists on planning residencies. 2006
I attended the Greater Columbus Arts Council's two day workshop entitled Arts Integration for Teaching Artists Seminar.2006
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I Work With and How
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