I am originally from a small town on the central coast of California. Eventually I moved to the beautiful state of Montana and stayed for nearly a decade. I would have lived in Montana forever, but I traded glaciers for the spectacular neon lights of southern Nevada. I am presently a 2nd grade teacher in Las Vegas.
M.S. candidate in Library and
My love for storytelling has grown through my experiences as a mother, an educator, and a student. While attending the University of Montana, I did a research project on “alternative” methods of education. As I examined different pedagogical theories, I was particularly drawn to Rudolph Steiner’s Waldorf Schools, because literacy and language acquisition is developed through songs and poetry. I appreciate the strong belief that a child’s educational experiences and successes can be enriched through the art of music and storytelling.
While attending the University of North Texas, I wanted to enrich my own educational experiences and I wanted to acquire knowledge about how to do the same for my 2nd graders. Elizabeth Figa’s storytelling classes have been an inspiration toward my development as a storyteller and an elementary school teacher. I am particularly interested in the oral traditions of storytelling, especially as it pertains to the different ethnic cultures represented by my students. I am also interested in digital storytelling and I would like to incorporate Virtual Storytelling Environments with assistive technologies in my classroom.
My favorite stories to tell have yet to be told, but I’m sure they will involve a bit of silliness and poetry.
I am a devoted collector of children’s books with a special interest in Cinderella stories from around the world. I love anything that makes me laugh and I adore the simple things in life—fine perfume, Spanish films, seasonal ballet tickets, and French soaps come to mind. If I won the lottery I would do exactly what I am doing now. I am a dreamer…a mother…a teacher…a storyteller.