Guest /teaching artist for nature-based projects and activities, storytelling, puppetry and California history, multi-cultural studies. Substitute teacher Special expertise in John Muir as context for teaching language arts (writing and oral presentation), social studies/history (family and community history), environmental education/science. Created field trip curriculum lessons and activities for national park sites - All inquiry and place-based learning Lead family story writing workshops, Write children's poetry, nature poetry
Hands on and interactive approach, engage students, ask questions, give case examples, speak from personal experience to create relevant lessons. Apply storytelling to teach environmental concepts. Use LIVE Internet resources to enhance learning - such as music, storytelling and art to teach civic lessons, underground railroad quilt images to teach Civil War. Puppetry and stories to teach agriculture and farming.
2013 Faculty Award of Merit, Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, California State University Sacramento 2012 National Storytelling Network Member Grant, “If This House Could Talk,” community story project 2009 LEAF Steward Program, Sacramento Tree Foundation, Best Urban Forestry Education Program, California Urban Forest Council 2006 National Association of Interpretation Region Nine, National Conference Scholarship 2003 Community Partner Award, Association of School Administrators
Master Degree, Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration, CSU, Sacramento, 2013 Special expertise in environmental education, public history Additional coursework in natural resources, history and environment
Lifetime career as a researcher/writer /editor- magazines, special publications, author, marketing communications. Guest teacher, substitute teacher and Guest Artist in Residence in dozens of schools, serving hundreds of students. Individual classrooms, some assemblies and after school programs. As storyteller, I present spoken word stories in grades 1-4. Kids love stories, using them as a platform for discussion on self-esteem, personal choice and problem solving.