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Gail Herman performs

Dr. Gail N. Herman


Creative storyteller and arts consultant, Dr. Gail N. Herman, has performed and taught storytelling extensively throughout the United States, as well as in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Jamaica, Germany, Ghana, India, and the Virgin Islands. Besides performing for students in schools and libraries, Dr. Herman works with teachers and helping professionals to infuse storytelling and the kinesthetic, musical, and spatial aspects of learning into reading and other curriculum areas of our schools. She teaches for Lesley University, MA, Garrett College, MD, and The University of Connecticut (CONFRATUTE) in CT. Gail has directed the Tall Tale Liar’s Festival in MD for 16 years.


Dr. Herman has conducted hundreds of inservice storytelling workshops.  She also teaches art appreciation through stories, sound, and gesture as a guest in classes at George Mason University and Maryland Institute, College of Art and at the University of Connecticut. A regular workshop she presents is "Speaking in Sculpted Silence: The Art of Mime" at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts.  She presents many storytelling workshops and keynotes to state educational and other organizations such as LANES, NSN, Confratute, NAEYC, NAGC, and AEGUS. 


She was an invited keynoter at St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and the New Ways Of Learning: Spotlight on the Multiple Intelligences Conference sponsored by Zephyr Press in Tucson, AZ.  She performed at the Albert Schweitzer Symposium at the United Nations in NYC, at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY, the WV Storytelling Festival, the Harvest Moon Festival in WV, and the Northeast Storytelling Festival in Historic Gettysburg . 


Dr. Herman worked as a consultant with Dr. Patricia Hollingsworth on four education grants to train teachers to work with economically disadvantaged students with high potential at the University school in Tulsa.  Her job was to infuse the kinesthetic arts and storytelling into the curriculum.  Dr. Herman also worked as an enrichment consultant and storyteller in Cherry Creek Schools and Littleton Schools near Denver, Colorado.  She works with Drs.Joseph Renzulli and Sally Reis at the University of Connecticut for the institute/conference called CONFRATUTE where she teaches storytelling and movement applications to the classroom as well as Primary Grade Enrichment (with Dr. Susan Baum)


Dr. Herman has received many grants including a Laurel Arts Grant, Bluemont Concert Series, local Arts Council Grants, MD and WV Humanities Council grants, and MD State Arts Council Residency and Artist in Education (AIE) grants. She continues her work on Coal Talk Oral Histories.  Most recently she received a grant from MBEC to collect stories in the Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.


Other Experience

Dr. Herman taught at WVU as Visiting Assistant Professor, was a primary grade teacher, a gifted and an early childhood teacher for over thirteen years.  She taught in the New Jersey, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Maryland public schools. She was a regular classroom teacher, a Helping Teacher, and an Enrichment Teacher.  She has taught learning disabled, underachieving, as well as gifted students.  Presently she teaches at three colleges and universities in her specialized fields of education, storytelling, creative arts in learning, gifted education, and early childhood curriculum.


For more information about Dr. Gail N. Herman, please visit this link:

Allegheny Arts Council


(A complete list upon request)

Organic Storytelling

Creatures of Our Minds’ Eye

Folktales from Around the World

Stories for Environmental and Global Awareness

Stories from China and Japan

Stories from Africa

Family stories



Ph.D.   -  Curriculum and Instruction   University of Connecticut                   

M.Ed.   -  Aesthetics in Education        University of Massachusetts 

M.A.    -   Theatre and Speech              University of Massachusetts  

B.A.    -   Elementary Education           Paterson State College



Teachers and Librarians as Storytellers: Tips and Hints

Promoting Creativity, Kindness, and concern Through Storytelling

Math, social studies, and Science Stories for Teachers

The History and Significance of Storytelling

Collecting and Telling Family and Folk stories

Writing and Telling Tall Tales or family stories

Organic Storytelling: Children participate with ideas, movements, and music


Storytelling And Movement in Art Appreciation:

1. The Kinesthetic curriculum - Active Math, grammar, art, science, social studies

2. Kinetic Stories & Energy in the Visual and Spatial Arts

3. Art Appreciation Through Movement and Sound

4. Underachieving, Gifted, Learning Disabled Students’ Creative Production 

5. Multiple Intelligences

6. Awesome Architecture

Dr. Herman is a life member of the National Storytelling Network and was a member for over 22 years. She founded the Mountain Top Storytelling Guild: tri-state Western Maryland region (MD, PA, and WV).

She is a life member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NSN), the National Association for Gifted Children, and the Oral History Mid-Atlantic Region. She is on the Board of Directors of the NSN YES Alliance SIG and the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachieving Students, which encourages teachers to teach to students’ strengths as well as weaknesses.



Creatures of our Minds Eye (1986) Dr. Gail N. Herman, 166 Lodge Circle, Swanton, MD 21561: Organic Storytelling [audiotape]

Songs and Stories of Creative Creatures (2001) Dr. Gail N. herman, 166 Lodge Circle, Swanton, MD 21561 [CD]

Stories from the Tall Tale Liars’ Festival (1997) 166 Lodge Circle, Swanton, MD: Organic Storytelling [audiotape]

Dr. Herman has written stories, articles about storytelling, art, creative movement, and gifted students in such magazines as Better Homes & Gardens; Parenting For High Potential; Teaching for High Potential; The National Storytelling Journal; The Roeper Review; Teacher; Early Years; Gifted Child Today; and Art Teacher.

Chapters are found in the following books: Active Learning; Tales As Tools; Nurturing Gifts and Talents of Primary Grade Students, and Telling Stories To Children published in 2005 by the National Storytelling Network. Dr. Herman is a contributing author for the book The Storytelling Classroom: Application Across the Curriculum published in 2006 by Libraries Unlimited.



Dr. Herman has published stories: “The Four Wise People” in an anthology called Spinning Tales; Weaving Hope: published by New Society Publishers and “Juan Bobo and Sisi” in an anthology called Joining In: Audience Participation Stories and How to Tell Them published by Yellow Moon Press.  Presently she is working on a series called Mischievous Martha: True Tales from an Orphanage, about her mother-in-law.

Contact Dr. Gail N. Herman

Gail N. Herman, PhD
Storyteller and Arts Consultant
11 Russell Lane
Easthampton, MA 01027

413-203-5247 and  301-501-0044

There is also more information available at these fine sites:


Coal Talk Oral History: http://www.wilbr.org/CoalTalk/index.aspx


Or email Dr. Gail Herman at:
gnherman@comcast.net or gherman@lesley.edu