Sheila has been a featured Storyteller at several Storytelling Festivals: twice at the National Storytelling Festival (Jonesborough, TN); Timpanogos Storytelling Festival (Lehi, UT), White Mountain Storytelling Festival (Plymouth, NH), Paris Storytelling Festival (Paris, KY); Connecticut Storytelling Festival; Georgia Mountain Storytelling Festival (Young Harris, GA); Hearts Afire Storytelling Weekend (Richmond, VA); Stories: From Sea to Shore Storytelling Weekend (Norfolk, VA); Florida Storytelling Festival (Mt. Dora, FL); twice at Culpeper Tells (Culpeper, VA); twice at Storytelling Festival of the Southeast (Laurinburg, NC); three times at Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival (Chilicothee, OH), Moonshell Storytelling Festival (Omaha, NE), Stone Soup Storytelling Festival (Woodruff, SC), Story Celebration Weekend (Kansas City, KS); and twice at Colonial Williamsburg Storytelling Festival (Williamsburg, VA). She also has twice been a Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN. Sheila collaborates with storyteller, Darci Tucker, to produce the Tucker-Arnold Storytelling Concert and Retreat in Williamsburg, VA featuring nationally known Storytellers. Ms. Sheila, what she is commonly called, has also presented Professional Development sessions, Storytelling Programs and Character Presentations at educational conferences, including Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute, Valley Forge Teacher Institute, Mt. Vernon Teacher Institute, Westchester Regional Social Studies Conference and Social Studies and Reading Association Conferences in New York, Louisiana, Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, the National Council of Social Studies and for many Teaching American History Grant programs around the country and has presented and performed on a variety of topics.
Sheila has 2 books: a picture book, “Weeping Willow, or, Why the Leaves Change their Colors”, and an historical fiction using biblical persons, “David’s Mighty Man: Benaiah”. She also has two storytelling CD’s, “Mini, Many, Minnie Tales” and “Hands Wide Open”. Books can be purchased by contacting Sheila at email@example.com and the CD’s are available through her website, www.mssheila.org and for download at CDbaby.com. A new addition to Sheila’s titles is “historical consultant” – helping museums and exhibit designers find the story, and how to share it, from historical documents, artifacts, buildings and the historical use of land and water.
Sheila is also a Museum Consultant, turning research into stories and scripts for exhibit designers and museums, and even book premiers. She recently was selected to be a Mt. Vernon Research Fellow, and she is a member of two large museum organizations. Christian Monologues are another area where Sheila has shown her talent for presentation, research and message. She wrote and produced the full-length play, “And the Women Were There”, which focuses on 7 women who followed Jesus, and received local acclaim for this work. She is currently a co-leader of First Baptist Norfolk’s Drama Ministry. Sheila rounds out her talents by also being a Drama and Creative Writing workshop leader for children and adults. Previously, Sheila worked at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as a Coordinator with the Teacher Institute, in Public Relations and Event Manager, and as a Storyteller and Theatrical Interpreter. Also, she was a Social Worker, Hampton City Schools Substitute Teacher and a Mary Kay, Inc. Independent Senior Beauty Consultant. She is a graduate of UNC-Charlotte with a B.A. in African-American & African History.
Sheila is fortunate to live close to her son, Krisstopher; her grandson, Brooklyn, and her father and stepmother, Wallace & Vera Arnold, and she communicates often with her Atlanta based sister, Stephanie. (www.mssheila.org)
Immigration Lesson Plans - 3rd and 4th grade. Ellis Island and Immigration to America. https://instructorweb.com/lesson/ellisisland.asp
Where I Come From: Students take research into their heritage beyond the construction of a family tree.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: a 5 day unit covering the topics of weather, food groups, and immigration.
Today's Pilgrims: Students will use vocabulary related to immigrants and immigration, read and compare personal stories of some recent American immigrants and summarize challenges faced by immigrants.
|$450-$650 Performance charge|
Libraries, Museums and Non- Profit organizations:
|$450-$900 performance charge|
Professional Development for Educators or Museum staff:
|$1000-$1700 workshop charge, dependent on location and amount of time for workshop|
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