Credentials

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Professional Experience:

2011
“What Can a Small Bird Be?”, a book collaboration with Peg Gignoux and teen writers/illustrators from across NC, sponsored by NC Department of Public Instruction and the NC Museum of Art

2011
“A Spikey Story” A Story Quilt Collaboration with Peg Gignoux and Burnsville Elementary School in Burnsville, NC

2010
“Woody’s Miracle” A Story Quilt Collaboration with Peg Gignoux and Underwood Elementary School staff and students in Raleigh, NC

2009
“A Cat’s Tale” A Story Quilt Collaboration with Peg Gignoux and patrons of Kill Devil Hills Library, Kill Devil Hills, NC

2009
“Welcome Feather” A Story Quilt Collaboration with Peg Gignoux and Elon University Story Magic Students for Newcomers School in Greensboro, NC

2009
Luncheon Speaker at Eastern Carolina University, “Books Your Students Will Devour”

2009
Children’s Literature Training Seminar for Preschool Teachers for DOPA
(Durham Orange Preschool Association)

2008 – 2009
“Searchin’ Urchin”, Carrboro Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC
A tri-lingual Story Quilt in English, Spanish, and Burmese to represent this diverse school.

2007
Collaboration with Washington Gallery, Welsh artist, Heloise Godfrey and Llandough
Primary School’s Language and Speech Unit, South Wales, Great Britain

2007
“Pangeo’s Story Project”, Mary Scroggs Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC
An arts-based collaboration of music, song, story, art, and creative movement

2006
Collaboration with Washington Gallery, Welsh artist, Heloise Godfrey and 5th-6th grade students at Radnor Road Primary in Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain

2006
Collaborative writing with eighteen after school students at Haw River Elementary School – Wrote a story for a Story Quilt illustrated by Elon University Students

2006
“Tell Me a Patch Story Quilt” with textile artist Peg Gignoux and families at Hemphill Public Library in Greensboro, NC

2005
Designed and co-led “Heroes” reading-writing program for at-risk 5th graders at Estes Elementary School, Chapel Hill, NC

2005
Visiting Artist at Elon University for Winter Term course funded by James H. McEwan Visual Arts Fund.

2005
“We Need Books Too!” – Story Quilt with textile artist Peg Gignoux, McGirt-Horton Public Library in Greensboro, NC

2005
Leader Teacher and Project Developer for ArtsTeach’s 2005 Professional Development Charlotte, NC

2004
“Art is for Dragons” – Whole School Story Quilt with textile artist Peg Gignoux, Douglas Elementary School, Raleigh, NC

2004
Keynote address at Eastern Carolina University “No Teacher Left Untested: Bringing Meaning to Literacy Instruction”

2004 – present
CEU Workshop Leader for Meredith College in Raleigh, NC

2003 – 2005
Development of On-the-Job Whole School Teacher Workshops designed to meet NC Reading Methods CEUs

2003
“Blink!” – Bilingual Story quilt developed with textile artist Peg Gignoux and 18 sixth graders, Kestrel Heights Charter School, Durham, NC

2002
Visiting artist coaching adults in writing, Penland Crafts School, NC

2002 – 2008
Guest lecturer, Duke University, Durham, NC

2000 – present
Leader of Professional Development Seminars

1990 – present
Presenter for parents, families & teachers on the uses of children’s books & writing.

1990 – 2001
Visiting artist/ performer offering writing residencies and educational presentation about writing to children K-6

1998
National Presenter at YMCA Childcare Conference, Chicago, IL

1988 – 1989
Coordinator, Santa Barbara County Year of the Young Reader

1987 – 1990
Bookseller / Owner of Once Upon a Lap  (Children’s book sales, consulting and lectures)

1987 – present
Children’s book and audio reviewer (see publishing credits below)