A LITTLE HISTORY
Storytelling comes naturally to Susan. Both her father and her grandfather could spin a tale at the drop of a hat.
Susan began telling stories in 2001. With Master's degrees in both Counseling (Beratungspsychologie) and Education (Pädagogik), she became skilled not only in telling stories for entertainment but also for using story and storytelling in her work as a school counselor with teenagers and children, both in the counseling office for group and individual counseling and in the classroom for character education and life skills lessons. While still a school counselor, she taught a 9 week "wheel" elective in storytelling for 6th graders in the 2003-2004 school year and an 8th grade remedial reading course, "Literacy through Storytelling" in the 2004-2005 school year.
Before moving to Germany in 2011, Susan performed for adults in various civic groups and other adult organizations and for children at public libraries and in summer programs, both as an individual teller and as a member of Jacksonville's Northside Storytelling League. She performed at several local festivals and the state conference. She was the organizer of NSL's, "Bean Soup and Stories" festival from 2007-2010.
She provided workshops on the uses of storytelling in education and counseling in a number of venues, including in Albania for teachers and summer camp counselors and at the Florida Storytelling Conference (StoryCamp).
In Germany, she often told stories in her role as a school counselor and was often called on to tell in various classes, especially during Book Week and when folktales were being studied. She was the international storyteller at Dresden's World Storytelling Day event several times. In 2016, shared her character education workshop at the International Seminar on Fairy Tale Therapy in Sintra, Portugal.
Most of her stories are traditional tales, although she has a couple of personal stories in her repertoire.
Susan completed her third Master's Degree in 2016. This one in Storytelling, from East Tennessee State University.
Her teaching certificate from the state of Florida is current for School Counseling and English for Speakers of Languages.