Nathaniel Forrest Whitman
Nathaniel Forrest Whitman has made storytelling the heart of his classroom for as
long as he's been teaching. He began his education career in Washington
State before moving overseas to teach at international schools in Hong Kong,
Germany, and Thailand. Nat was a classroom teacher in Grades 2-4 for many years before moving to the library, where he continues to use storytelling daily in his role as a school librarian.
In addition to his years of classroom experience, Nat is a professional storyteller. He performs as a tandem-telling team with his wife, Jen,
in schools and libraries around the world. They have presented workshops on using storytelling in the classroom in a variety of settings, including educational
conferences for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the East
Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS).
Jen and Nat recently teamed with Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald to write a how-to guide for storytelling in the classroom. They are excited to share 2015 Anne Izard Storyteller's Choice Award winner Teaching With Story: Classroom Connections to Storytelling. The book pairs Jen, Nat, and Margaret's thoughts about the power of story in teaching with 20 easy-to-learn folktales you can tell right away. Nat and Jen continue to be amazed at the power of storytelling to transform student learning in the classroom and they are delighted to be teaming with Margaret Read MacDonald to encourage teachers around the globe to teach with story!