Flexible with advance notice. Please contact me to discuss. For specialized lesson plans, I request at least two weeks advance notice.
Groups I Can Work With
After school programs; Artist’s residencies in schools; Home school groups; Private art classes; Special needs groups; Public workshops
Areas of Interest/Specialties
As a storyteller, I tend to focus on traditional material: folktales, fairy tales, myths and legends. However, I also love the use of storytelling to bring history to life and to preserve the personal stories we each have. I use the complimentary artistic endeavors of origami, watercolor, book making, and nature printing, to name a few, to enhance lessons with students. As much as possible, I try to use found and recycled/repurposed materials.
Teaching Artist Statement
As a storyteller and educator, I seek to inspire and motivate people by focusing on their capabilities, on humanity’s commonalities, and on their potential. The art of storytelling is a unifying force reminding us all that we are more alike than we are different, that we can overcome a variety of obstacles, and that we can be the hero of our own life.
Sample Lesson Plans
Sherry holds a BA in Middle School Education and taught middle school language arts and social studies for eight years and was an elementary librarian for two years. She has been a professional storyteller for fifteen years, since the birth of her daughter, performing at schools, libraries, festivals and private functions. She has homeschooled her daughter, led a homeschool cooperative, and taught homeschool classes for various groups for the last nine years. She has also taught a number of summer camps for Poplar Grove Plantation, Penland School of Crafts, and the Yancey History Association.
“Sherry Lovett is a wonderful storyteller. We’ve had her several times with both children and teens. She has an excellent delivery and connects with kids, while also using local history and legends.” – Amber Westall, MYA Library Director
“Sherry Lovett is a storyteller of wit and wisdom. Whether she’s telling folktales, personal stories, or singing ballads, she graces the stage with her charisma and personality. We are proud to have had her as part of our storytelling series.” – Pete Koschnick, Festival Coordinator, Do Tell Story Fest and The Feed and See Storytelling Series
“Sherry is innovative and creative, cares for her students and wants them to succeed.” – James Futrell, Principal, Harnett Central Middle School
“Sherry Lovett’s energy and vitality, the level of active student participation in the learning process one would observe in her classes, and the class climate which reflects a genuine rapport between teacher and student must be noted.” – Daniel Fary, Principal, Peasley Middle School