A professional storyteller since 1998, Eileen performs at schools, libraries, community events, private events, senior organizations, and Tellabrations! Her storytelling elicits vivid imagery, participation, laughter and wonder that stays with us long after the stories are told. A teller of world folktales and original stories, Eileen’s warm and lively performances engage listeners in journeys of colorful characters, fantastic creatures and wonderful places.
An elementary educator, storyteller, teaching artist and certified Thinking Maps™ trainer, Eileen presents classroom storytelling sessions and professional development workshops in elementary schools. These programs integrate Thinking Maps™, storytelling, and instructional strategies in classrooms. Programs support teachers in meeting Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills within Common Core State Standards. Programs include: ‘Let’s Tell Stories,’ participation stories with repetition, rhyme, puppets and song for Early Literacy Development, and ‘Storytelling, Thinking Maps™” and Writing; World Folktales Rich in Colorful Characters, Settings, and Imagination,’ for English Language Arts.
Eileen’s interactive storytelling programs and workshops have been presented at Northlands Storytelling Network, Rocky Mountain Storytelling, Great Starts Early Childhood Coalition, and Michigan School Districts.
Eileen also shares her passion for storytelling and performing with her students in The Storytelling Connection Performance Ensemble.