It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

It Takes a Village #2: How Two Teachers Saved My Video Project

When people ask me what I do, I often respond with, “I’m an interactive storyteller.” But most people (understandably!) have a hard time understanding what that means. Until you’ve seen what I do it can be difficult to describe. For a long time I’ve wanted to add videos to my website to give people a taste of what I do. However, since I use audience participation, I can’t post videos publicly without signed release...

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It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

It Takes a Village: Finding Support to Keep Telling

I never thought I’d find a job I loved as much as being a storyteller . . . then I became a mom. Twice-over! Alejandro joined our family at the end of February and quickly became adored by his big brother, Rafael, and of course his doting parents. He’s an easy-going baby who is always smiling. At 4 months old, he is finding his voice, and while it’s still too early to tell, it seems we may have another storyteller in the...

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Inspiration and Intersection: More Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program

Week 1 of the Summer Reading Program was so filled with wonderful moments that I couldn’t fit them all into one post! Here are a few more of my highlights: Inspiring and Empowering Someone Else On Saturday an adult woman slipped into the back row at my performance. At the conclusion, she introduced herself and said that she is a teacher at a school in a prison town. Many of her students have family members who are incarcerated and when...

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Leaving a Mark: Reflections on Week 1 of the Summer Reading Pogram

When I was in college, one of my favorite quotes was by Socrates. The unexamined life is not worth living. To me it was a reminder to make time to reflect upon my choices, how I spent my time, the direction I was headed in order to know how to live my best life possible. In educational circles, I believe they call this being a reflective practitioner. Basically, we act/live then examine/reflect. So while I know that the summer is my busiest...

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2017 Summer Reading Program Tour Schedule

And now, without further ado. . . my summer tour schedule! Below you will find a complete list of the places where I’ll be traveling to perform this summer. I’m excited to return to some places I’ve been before as well as branch out to some new locations. With the exception of the programs listed in italics, all programs are free and open to the public. However, if it’s a library program, you may want to check with the...

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How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

How 5 Years Changes Everything: Adventures of a Classroom Teaching Artist

Over the past two months I had the unique experience of working on story writing and storytelling with two fourth grade classrooms and six ninth  grade classrooms. Some weeks I’d be with the fourth graders one day and the ninth graders the very next day. To say that there was a huge difference in the groups would be putting it mildly. When you walk into a fourth grade classroom as a teaching artist, you are made to feel like a rock...

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