Whether it is a sage on the stage or a guide on the side, a parent or grandparent family friend or total stranger, our teachers help draw out who we are and shape who we become.
Patrick Gannon, Brian Rohr and Julie Strozyk share stories about teachers who have touched and influenced their lives Saturday evening May 2 at the Clinton Street Theater in the Portland Storytellers Guild’s final regular monthly show of the 2019-20 season.
Raised in a rural northern Wisconsin as the oldest of 9 children, Patrick Gannon is retired third-grade teacher who has regaled Guild audiences for the past five years. He especially enjoys illuminating the historic impact of little known people and relatively obscure events he finds highly significant, leaning on an educational principle he lives by: “We are all life-long learners.”
Brian Rohr (brianrohr.com) is a professional storyteller who has taught and performed at major conferences, festivals, high schools, universities, synagogues and libraries throughout the country. Brian often draws from on the old stories – the myths, folktales and fairy tales – that can inform us on how to live our lives, helping to make sense and meaning of our own living world.
Julie Strozyk began her storytelling career by enthralling her classmates with extemporaneous tales of mad scientists and vampires. Her sixth-grade teacher, Gertrude George, was so impressed she encouraged Julie to stand in front of the class and weave her tales for an hour at a time, often making them up on the spot. In 1986 she took up storytelling again and has been a featured Guild teller for more than a quarter-century. For more information, check out the PDX Storytellers' Guild website.