JIM AND NATALEE GANYON

Natalee Ganyon is a freelance storyteller and speaker performing since 1984. She has over 100 various and often interactive stories for all ages pre-school thru senior citizens. Considering the great variety of over 100 stories with programs, history, folk tales, and tall tales, many teach character and respect. She has a few Spanish and Native American Stories as well. Her stories also meet stem and core requirements for primary schools. Natalee has performed in school classrooms and assemblies, civic organizations, clubs, retirement centers, church services, and even birthday parties.

 

She has also presented in costume doing first person as a Gordon Parks model, Martha Washington and Dolley Madison. She discusses their friendships with first ladies, as well as first person for Purim & Esther. Natalee is the former President of Tale Crafters in Albuquerque, New Mexico and a presenter for the yearly state wide teacher’s conference in New Mexico, NMEYC. Natalee has been a featured and regional teller at several storytelling festivals and celebrations in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and her home state of Kansas. One, of many, references: YMCA in Hutchinson Monthly story telling for 2 years.

 

Natalee is a certified Recreational Therapist (RT) and Child Development Specialist (CDA). Starting at Fort Hayes University she received her degree from Central New Mexico College (CNM) in Albuquerque. Jim, her husband, is a transplanted Nevadan now in Kansas. Jim is also a puppeteer who comes from a 23 year career in law enforcement and 16 years as a Special Education teacher. Jim has a Master’s in Education having earned degrees from the University of Nevada Reno (UNR), and Walden University (WU). Jim’s specializes in Safety Programs for children with Natalee & puppets side-kicks.

 

Natalee and Jim believe that puppets and story-telling touch the hearts and souls of people of all ages. They delight in providing a variety of programs telling stories, songs, and puppets to the delight of many. As retirees ministering to audiences they seek no compensation for their services.

Qualifications & Experience

As a Recreational Therapist Natalee is a three-time holder of the Child Development Associates (CDA) credential. She has participated in the Albuquerque Academy Summer Session teaching or telling stories from 1995 – 2002. She has performed and taught at many Albuquerque Public Schools and also given several workshopsto schoolteachers as well.

Stories and More workshops provide certificates, handouts, or follow-up activities. Puppets can provide language and speech support.

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