STORYTELLER BIOGRAPHY

SHAWNE NICOLE BRIGGS

Arlington, Texas

Houseofscorpio@YAHOO.com

INTRODUCTORY INFORMATION

As a certified "Army Brat", I've always considered myself a worldly person.  I lived In Georgia, Texas, Kentucky, Maryland and Panama. When I was an undergraduate student, I spend time in Italy, Vatican City, France, Spain, Monaco, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Greece.  Traveling gave a chance to experience other cultures and appreciate the difficulties of adjusting to a culture different from my own.  This appreciation for various cultures has helped me tremendously as an ESL (English as a Second Language) and Advanced Academics teacher, since I deal with many students from various cultures. 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

M.S. Candidate, Library and Information Sciences
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
University of North Texas
Denton, Texas

Graduate Academic Certificate In Youth Services in Libraries and Information Settings
University of North Texas, Denton, TX
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification
University of Dallas
Braniff Graduate School
Irving, Texas 

B.A. Elementary Education
University of Dallas
Constantine College
Irving, Texas

STORYTELLING INTERESTS

I feel I've always been a storyteller.  From my wild explanations on how it wasn't my fault I broke something as a child to swapping "war stories" as a classroom teacher, telling stories is so natural.   When I took Storytelling last semester, it was the first time I found myself in an environment that nurtured and encouraged me to tell stories beyond that usual expressive book readings.  I like to tell repetition stories and pourquoi stories.    

I teach a lot of ESL (English as a Second Language) students, so those repetition stories like The Bed or I Know An Old Lady That Swallowed a Fly are popular with my students because they can enjoy the rhythm of the stories, even if they don't fully comprehend them.  I like pourquoi tales because there are so many stories from so many different cultures; it's like a window into that particular culture's soul.