Storytelling Bio for Mike Lockett, The Normal Storyteller
Mike Lockett taught in Normal, Illinois for 21 years. Students from schools where he taught, along with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts he worked with, and boys and girls from local churches and libraries came to think of him as the Normal Storyteller. After receiving his Doctorate in Curriculum, Lockett followed his teaching experiences by serving as a school administrator in Peoria, Illinois for twelve years. It was a NORMAL experience for Dr. Lockett to share stories when he visited classrooms or met with teachers and administrators. It even played in Peoria to call him “THE NORMAL STORYTELLER.”
Dr. Lockett has presented for more than 2000 schools, libraries, festivals, churches and other groups all across the nation and to other countries where audiences want to hear his stories. A teller of traditional tales, Lockett specializes in audience participation stories. “I have more fun when audiences join in with the telling,” says Lockett. Judging from the laughter when “The Normal Storyteller” is speaking to a group, they do exactly that! Dr. Lockett has spent a lifetime trying to draw the generations to work together to improve classroom performance in schools and now is giving this energy to sharing stories with listeners of all ages.
Lockett retired from public education at the end of the 2005 school year to work full-time as The Normal Storyteller and share his love of intergenerational storytelling. He has four audio CDs “Tales from the Hills,” “Tales for the Young at Heart,” "Tales and Fables: East Meets West," and “Tales from Around the World,” and "Tales from Around the World." He has also released a storytelling DVD, "Tales of Delight."
"Tales from Around the World" won the 2007 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine. It was also a winner of the prestigious "iParenting Media" award in the 2007 competition for storytelling products. The album includes ten stories in ten different dialects (all done vocally by Lockett) with ten sets of music and rhythms to accompany the stories... It doesn't get better.
Teachers use the album in Social Studies and Language Arts classes. Parents play it at home and in cars when traveling with their children. The album is clean, family oriented, energetic and easy listening. There is no fighting in the back seat while children listen to The normal Storyteller and his stories and dialects. Add the album to your collection today. You can follow Dr. Lockett's performance schedule or contact him on the web to book a performance at your school, library, festival, church or organization. Go to www.mikelockett.com