Kay Elmsley Weeden

Bilingual Storyteller | Teaching Artist

"Stories that make tortillas dance"

Kay’s school storytelling programs are designed for pre-school through high school. As a former teacher at all levels, she knows how to interact with her audience. Through stories she gets her audience laughing, reacting, listening, learning, and remembering. They hear traditional and original stories, personal tales, lots of Spanish, music and songs.

What does her storytelling do?

  • Reinforces reading concepts, listening and comprehension skills
  • Promotes learning a second language
  • Integrates Positive Behavior models
  • Educates about how others live in the world around us
  • Celebrates diversity and Hispanic culture

Not just fun -- they're educational, too!

School Programs Include

¡SAY OLÉ! - Stories and activities with Spanish and English blended that highlight Hispanic culture. For Hispanic Heritage celebrations, cinco de mayo, Día de los Niños, and more.

Family Literacy Night – Interactive storytelling that promotes reading, writing and listening with your students and their families. (in English and Spanish)

You Are the World – Earth Day and Environmental Awareness program and stories.

It’s a Small World – Stories from around the globe that promote acceptance, peace, languages.

How You Act Does Matter! – A program designed to promote positive behavior and non-bullying.

Residencies and Workshops – Storytelling for Students; How to write your stories; Write and Tell – Kay presents a series of workshops in classrooms that benefit students in the art of writing and telling stories.

"When our school spends the limited money we have on assemblies, we want to be sure that it’s both fun and educational. Kay’s program was fantastic and had the kids singing and talking about it a long time after."Sue S, Marquette Elementary School, Madison, WI

"Kay presented a ‘how – to’ workshop on storytelling to our middle schoolers, a hard age to work with. They were all completely enthralled with her stories and the activities she had them do. Best of all, you can see how the students are using her ideas in our storytelling unit. I truly felt that most of the students stepped into the role of storyteller during their presentations, with some actually ad libbing fluently on the spot!"
Paul W, English and Reading teacher, Slinger Middle School, Slinger, WI

Family Literacy Night - Noche Familiar de Alfabetismo

(Qualifies for Title I and Title III funding)

"Her stories were great, and then she had parents and their kids telling each other stories. She gave them ideas of how they could keep on telling stories at home."
Bethany Schneider, Burnham Elementary School, Cicero, IL