Dr. Gail N. Herman is a professional storyteller and consultant for students and teachers. She teachers "Storytelling, Mime, and Movement: Making Learning Kinesthetic and Creative" at the University of Connecticut's Confratute Summer conference/institute on innovative education. Her PhD is in Curriculum and Instruction and Talent Development from UConn. Her interests include bringing the arts into schools in order to more fully reach students with kinesthetic and spatial, musical and artistic strengths in learning. In order to bring the storytelling arts to the community she performs regularly in schools, libraries, and civic organizations; she also conducts workshops for teachers, librarians, and interested businesses.
Over 1,000 students have benefitted from Gail's residencies integrating either storytelling or the movement arts in reading, literature and poetry, science and social studies. Gail designs the residency to suit the teachers' students needs and the Core.
Gail has taught storytelling and kinesthetic learning courses for Lesley University, early childhood and speech courses for Garrett College, gifted and talented and education courses at Frostburg State and West Virginia State Universities. For 8 years she presented workshops in Kinetic Energy in the Visual Arts for Dr. Renee Sandell's Art Education class aat George Mason University and for Maryland Institute College of Art.
Gail is the author and co-author of three books:
1. Storytelling: A Triad in the Arts, 2. Kinetic Kaleidoscope: Exxploring Movement and Energy in Visual Arts, and 3. Mischievous Martha: New York City Wanderings, Foster Care, and Orphanage Life.
She also wrote many chapters and articles in books and journals. She was director of the Oral History Project entitled Coal Talk: Dialogues with Western Maryland Coal Communities, which is housed in Garrett College, Maryland.