PUPPETEER • EDUCATOR • WRITER • ILLUSTRATOR
Above all, I love stories.
I love using color, design, and movement to convey ideas.
And I love sharing my passions with both children and adults.
Puppetry has been my expressive medium for most of my adult life – writing, building and performing stories of all kinds to mainly family audiences, world wide, in various languages. I also work with writing and illustration for picture books. And it was puppetry that led me into educational work when I experienced the power children found in it to communicate their own ideas while learning across the curriculum. My educational work as both school artist in residence as well as teacher educator gives children desperately needed alternate ways to learn that give them confidence as creative problem solvers and a gateway into the magic of stories.
I share my countless hours of classroom experience integrating creative writing, art making, and theater – in other words, puppetry – across the curriculum through my book, The Sophisticated Sock: Project Based Learning Through Puppetry.
Developed in collaboration with enthusiastic elementary and middle school teachers, the book provides specific projects in active learning tied to emotional literacy, literature and language arts, social studies, science, visual art study, and conflict resolution.
Each project is presented with clear step-by-step instructions, and includes story building templates and assessment, along with suggestions and instructions for quick puppets made of inexpensive (or recycled) easily available materials. Find it here or at your local independent book seller.