Mission Statement

Storyteller/Musician Mary Baker enthusiastically combines her musical talents of voice and guitar with story and presents to young and old the magic of story and song

Her energetic presentation will take you on an imaginary journey to places far and near with characters of many hues engaged in life's twists and turns. Her programs will warm your heart, soothe your soul, send creepy shivers up your spine, or stir up the hee-haws from deep inside. You may find yourself singing along too!!

Bio

Mary has lived in Northeastern Pennsylvania since 1989. When she first moved here she saw a tiny article in the local newspaper announcing a storytelling day at a local university. It was there that she started her journey into the world of storytelling with a workshop on the basics of storytelling continuing through many conferences and festivals over the years including a year at East Tennessee State University earning a MA in Storytelling in 2004.

She performs in schools, churches, camps, coffeehouses, motorhome rallies and conferences. Teaches and coaches adults and children in the art of storytelling in schools, conferences, and workshops.

She had a guitar put into her hands by her 6th grade music teacher. He said, "You need to play guitar with that beautiful voice." And she has ever since.contemporary folksongs.Christian Songs.soothing ballads and sing-a-long songs. She writes songs that enhance stories and others that stand alone. She has been singing as long as she can remember and has been told over and over again that it is a 'beautiful voice.'

She was born and raised in Northern New Jersey on a small farm. She studied at Centenary College in Hackettstown, NJ receiving a BS in early childhood and elementary education. She has been a teacher of preschoolers, 3rd graders, art, physical education, and 9- 12 year old Montessori students since 1974.not all at the same time!

Professional Affiliations

  • A member of the National Storytelling Network since 1990
  • Organizer of Voices of the Valley - the Northeast Pennsylvania storytelling group
I love to tell stories because.
  • they bring experiences to us that we would never encounter in our own lives and through them we learn.
  • we learn the wisdom of those who have gone before us so we can apply that wisdom to our lives
  • we experience the delight in person to person contact
  • we laugh together, to cry together, to be human with each other
  • It is fun
  • They touch our souls
  • They bring us together
  • Once we know a person's story they can no longer be our enemy
I teach the art of Storytelling in education for literacy because:
  • It develops images.images.and more images
  • It develops listening skills
  • It develops speaking skills
  • It develops sequencing awareness
  • It develops our imagination
  • It develops our awareness of the world and the cultures around us
  • It develops our sense of awareness as feeling human beings
A few of my experiences:
  • Jonesborough, TN.International Storytelling Center.National Storytelling Festival, Swapping Grounds
  • Johnson City, TN.ETSU Tale Tellers.Mountain View School.Cherokee United Methodist Church
  • Bloomsburg, PA.Bloomsburg Reading Conference
  • Tunkhannock, PA. Dietrich Theater
  • Vestal, NY.Calvary United Methodist Church
  • Windsor, NY.Sky Lake Retreat and Conference Center
  • Hamburg, NY.FMCA 70th International Convention
  • Pittston, PA.WVIA Summer Family Day
  • Wyoming, PA.Frances Slocum State Park
  • Hopatcong, NJ.Hudson Maxim School
  • Randolph, NJ.Ironia Elementary School
  • Scranton, PA.Young Authors Day.teaching students to tell stories

More Testimonials

"Mary Was Excellent!!! Her vocal inflections were full of energy and enthusiasm. She had a wonderful understanding of how to tailor her songs and stories to the needs of the children. She makes great faces!"
—Allison, 2nd grade teacher, Mountain View Elementary, Johnson City, TN

"Thanks for the wonderful holiday program you shared at our Christmas social. The parents and children enjoyed themselves. It got us all in the spirit of the holiday. You have a wonderful God given talent. Thanks for sharing it with us."
—Deb Herr, Rice Elementary School PTA, 1st VP

"Your stories and songs were enjoyed by everyone and helped build enthusiasm throughout our camp"
—Brian Nachlis, Jewish Community Center, Camp Director

"Through your stories we glimpse the magical quality that is ever present in our existence and all too often ignored or forgotten. You remind us that our lives are filled with infinite possibilities."
—Karen H., Wyoming Valley Montessori School, Kingston, PA, Parent