Ann G. Clark
Fort Worth, TX
I am originally from Minnesota but claim Louisiana as my
home. I grew up in South Louisiana, my mother and sister still live there. I
was also fortunate to live in the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia, for nine
years. I moved to the Fort Worth area seven years ago. I have 5 children, 3 of
whom have families. I have six grandchildren, number seven will enter this
world in early June. My mother is 88 and still very active in the church and
community, as well as with her family. I work as a teacher/librarian in an
elementary school. I love to spend time with family, tell stories, read, and
travel, which happen to be my best sources for my stories.
M.S. Library and Information Science
University of North Texas
B.S. Elementary Education
Nicholls State University
I began telling stories at an early age and have reveled in
telling tales from the past. Of course, I have my favorites and love to retell
them, often. According to my children, sometimes I retell them too often. As a
classroom teacher, I had a captive audience. I believe in using literature to
introduce all types of units. Often, instead of reading a book, I would tell
stories for the introduction. I was working on my Masters in Early Childhood
Education when I took a storytelling course with Dr. Figa, at UNT. That was the
turning point, I switched my major and graduated 14 months later with my Masters
in Library Science.
I have the pleasure of having an indoor planetarium to use
with librarian lessons. Using the planetarium, I incorporate research and
storytelling. The culmination of the unit is two sessions (thirty classes
participate in the storytelling sessions) of storytelling inside the planetarium
while gazing at the stars.
I am currently doing research about constellations and
mythology. I will turn the information into wonderful stories that will extend
the children’s interest in science. This will be very useful with storytelling
in the planetarium.