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About the authors

Theodore D. R. Green, PhD

is a professor in the Teacher Education Department, School of Education, at Webster University. Green teaches social studies, living history, and social science courses as well as a field study methods course in Colonial Williamsburg each summer. Green is on the board of directors of the National Council for History Education (NCHE) and the Missouri Council for the Social Studies (MCSS). He has served as a national consultant on more than thirty-three Teaching American History (TAH) grants as well as training park rangers with the National Park Service. Ted has conducted Oh Freedom after While workshops across the nation for more than fifteen years.

Green has received a variety of recognitions over the years: teacher of the year awards, Global Leadership Academy Faculty Fellow, and most recently a 2015–2016 Life Guard Fellow with the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon, developing national curriculum.

Lynn Rubright, Professor Emeritus, Webster University

is an award-winning educator, workshop leader, speaker, writer, and professional storyteller. She taught graduate courses for thirty-six years at Webster University. Project TELL, Teaching English through Living Language, was a three-year federally funded Title IV-C program designed and directed by Lynn for a suburban St. Louis school district. Project TELL explored ways to motivate learning and literacy through storytelling and related expressive arts across the curriculum. Her book Beyond the Beanstalk: Interdisciplinary Learning through Storytelling (Heinemann, 1996) is used by teachers internationally. The Emmy-award–winning documentary film she co-produced, Oh Freedom after While: The Missouri Sharecropper Protest of 1939, and her children's book based on the life of Rev. Owen Whitfield, Mama's Window, (Lee and Low Books, 2005), are widely used in social studies and language arts classrooms.

Lynn is co-founder of the Metro Theater Company, an award-winning St. Louis-based children's theater, and co-founder of the St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Lynn worked for many years as storyteller/educator for the Urban Arts Program at the Center for Creative Arts (COCA). Lynn is a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network (NSN). She received a Grand Center Visionary Award in 2013 for Creative Teaching of the Arts in Education. She was an Outstanding Alumni Award recipient from Webster University.