Jim retired from education after 30+ wonderful years. Jim's last position was in a Language Arts Model School. He uses his experience in schools to create programs that teach children about character, life and good writing.
"I just let the stories do the talking. I tell the students, you may not remember my name but you will remember how the stories made you feel! If you affect students' feelings, you affect them.
Jim always adds a skit about reading. I could not read effectively until after the 6th grade. I share some of that experience and my story about how I handled my learning dis-ability and thoughts on learning to read.
The students will listen, laugh and learn. They learn without realizing they are learning. A comment from a 6th grade girl sums up Jim's presentations: We went to the gym. We thought we would get a lecture. He told stories. They really got to us.
Jim is an award-winning storyteller, who has been featured in storytelling programs across the country. Jim is a co-chairman of The Storytellers of Central Ohio and The National Storytelling Network's liaison for Ohio. He is on the coordinating Committee for 'Word is Art' for The Columbus Arts Festival 2015. Jim currently teaches writing at the Thurber Writing Academy. He has published five children's books with 3 winning national awards. He is also the Storyteller for Nationwide Children's Hospital. He has told Throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Washington DC, Virginia, Washington State and Ireland.