Monday, April 2, 2012

‘Tales Told out of School’ comes to FLCC


“Tales Told out of School,” a Readers Theater program, will be presented by Stephanie Olsen and Becky Bloomquist Holder at Finger Lakes Community College Wednesday, April 11.

The presentation will begin at 7 p.m. at the FLCC Honors House, 4340 Lakeshore Drive in Canandaigua.

“Tales Told out of School" is made up of teachers’ stories about teaching: the moments that made them glad they had chosen the profession and the moments they wished they had become florists. It’s funny, thought-provoking and we hope inspirational,” says Olsen, FLCC Geneva Campus Center specialist and psychology adjunct instructor.

Memories of Charlotte Grady Fitzpatrick, their speech and drama teacher at Penn Yan Academy, drew Olsen and Holder to the project. While the pair were putting together the program, their friend and Penn Yan teacher Elliott Vorce died. “Mrs. Fitz” and Vorce were devoted teachers known for mentoring and discovering the best in students, Olsen said.

Olsen and Holder thought about today’s teachers in relation to their predecessors. Do they strive to inspire and change students’ lives? Are they dedicated to education and students or is teaching just a job? To answer those and other questions, they interviewed 10 veteran teachers about students, classroom experiences and the expectations placed on teachers today. The result was “Tales Told out of School,” a compilation of the teachers’ stories.

“Tales Told out of School” premiered in Penn Yan in 2010. Since then, Olsen and Holder have presented the piece to several teachers’ associations.

Holder, a retired teacher and storyteller, grew up in Penn Yan and lived and taught in Saratoga County for many years before moving back to the Penn Yan area in 2004.

Olsen also grew up in Penn Yan, moved away and returned to her hometown where she has lived for the past 20 years.

For more information, contact Curt Nehring Bliss, Honors House director, at (585) 785-1367 or nehrincd@flcc.edu. Visit the Honors House on Facebook www.facebook.com/HonorsHouse.

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