Gerald Hausman Sig
School Visits and Workshops

"Gerry does great growls!"

- Dave Barry, nationally syndicated humorist

Gerald Hausman tells stories to children of all ages

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Gerald Hausman tells stories to children of all ages. He visits schools of all kinds and does programs that cover a variety of topics from animal lore to Indian lore, and from ghosts to Great Danes. He has done presentations to babies and to pre-schoolers and from all levels of grade school through graduate school. The size of the audience is not important to him - he speaks from the heart to two people or two hundred. He has done numerous talks on radio and television, and is very comfortable around the campfire. If you are interested in having Gerald visit your school, write to him by email and he will write back to you.

"Mr. Hausman may be the most popular visiting speaker we have had come to our school. He is a veteran teacher, a seasoned performer, and has a wealth of varied material from which to work. We would have him back in a heartbeat"

- Fred Maas, Math Department Head
  Santa Fe Preparatory School - Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Gerald Hausman fills his stories with the sounds of life. He gives our children a chance to listen, really listen to the world around them. I am reminded of the old-time radio theater when I hear Gerald tell a story. Some of our children may not be proficient at the English language, yet they understand the animal sounds that Gerald uses to enliven the stories he tells."

- Becky Meeks, Media Specialist
  Redondo Elementary School - Homestead, Florida

"Unique, fun, fascinating and sincere would best describe the Hausman author visit. From pre-school through 8th grade, Gerry and Lorry had no problem whatsoever entertaining all of our students! Their casual, heartfelt presentations were delightful for both our students and our staff offering a relaxed yet informative atmosphere for everyone to enjoy...we were all a bit sad when the visit ended."

- Rubye Eberson, Chairperson Author Outreach Committee
  Ventnor Educational Community Complex
  Ventnor, New Jersey

Left to right: Sid Hausman & Gerald Hausman
Swallow Hill, Boulder, Colorado

"Mr. Hausman's visit to Branford was definitely a great success with the students. From the moment he stepped onto the stage in the cafetorium, the author established an immediate rapport with every child in the room."

- Sheila Thomas, Staff Writer
  Suwanee Sentinel

"The focus of our day was to celebrate the art of writing via our student authors. Your instructional workshop served as the perfect adjunct to inspire our students. You created the "magic" that topped off a perfect day."

- Marilyn Blatt, Media Specialist
  The Samuel Scheck Hillel Community Day School

"Your talk was exciting and informative for the children (and their teachers--they told me later!). Your enthusiasm and obvious caring for the students was a joy to witness, and I also appreciated your patient responses to their many questions. You were attentive and kind to all who wanted your books whether or not they were able to purchase copies. I look forward to working with you on other projects in the future."

- Carol Mahler, Executive Director
  Peace River Center for Writers

"Fordham University's Annual Literacy Institute has come to an end. The memories, however. will remain with each of the participants. Their responses to your presentation were consistently "outstanding. " They even remarked that "This is what education should be like!"

- Dr. Patricia A. Antonacci
  Graduate School of Education - Fordham University

"I think you have been blessed in your field and now it is time to give thanks and share so that all your stories will carry on and people will respect and honor your work and most of all the stories about the relatives- bears, eagles, coyote and even the blue eye bear. We all will be on the blessed corn pollen path!"

- Jimmie Blueeyes
  Navajo friend of 40 years

"Thanks, Gerald. You made the conference a phenomenal success!"

- Anne Michel, Educational Coordinator, SPAEA
  Ottumwa, Iowa

"Over the past several weeks we have laughed, been brought to tears and inspired by courage and hope. We have traveled through the forest of Jamaica with mysterious duppies, struggled along with Tall T as he copes with becoming a man, and are inspired by a courageous Navajo boy and grandfather who fight to preserve their culture and their lives with the powerful coyote bead. One thing was apparent, Gerald's characters had pulled us into their lives. We celebrated their victories and mourned their losses. We fell in love with their stories. As I read I recognized that Mr. Hausman has a powerful message for each of us. In his characters we are able to find a little of ourselves. His stories kindle in us the hope that we will find what is unique about ourselves and celebrate these differences. He teaches us to cherish our diversity. Mr. Hausman offers us a mantra: Go out and live life, create your story, cherish your roots, uniqueness. Experience life."

- Cathy Callahan, Curriculum Coordinator
  Marco Island Charter Middle School - Marco Island, Florida

"Thank you again for coming to Romeo Elementary School. Your two sessions were very entertaining for our third, fourth and fifth graders. Your storytelling kept everyone engaged and your sound creations were incredible! I also appreciated that you left our students with a message: "Every person is special."
As a teacher, I was impressed with the way you talked with the kids as you entertained them and the way you answered the questions that were important to them. As a hostess for your visit, I appreciated how willing you were to meet with some students after your presentations. Your easy-going personality made the afternoon go very smoothly."

- Pat Lakin, Library Media Specialist
  Romeo Elementary, Dunnellon, Florida


"Gerald Hausman performed at Desert Academy in Santa Fe, New Mexico for the first of our now annual poetry nights. He is a poet/performer/entertainer. His delivery this October night with a live jazz band was stupendous. The parents and students ate it up. The mix of fantasy, Native American, Caribbean and unique life experiences provided a wide palette for all. He is coming back for an encore in 2005!"

-Dr. Ray Griffin, Headmaster
  Desert Academy - Santa Fe, New Mexico

"Mr. Hausman was both entertaining and inspiring to our students. His unique stories and even more unique sound effects caught our students' attention, and never let go. They left that day more excited about reading and actually writing themselves than I have ever seen them. They are still buzzing about those stories and their own futures in writing weeks after Mr. Hausman's visit."

-Jeremy Cadell, second grade teacher
  McAuliffe Elementary School - Palm Bay, Florida

"It was a pleasure having you as a featured author and performer at the Broward County Library's 17th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and Children's Reading Festival on April 15th and 16th, 2005. Your performance was enjoyed by all, children and adults. You are a multi-talented storyteller and author. We thank you for contributing to the success of this year's event."

-Lucia M. Gonzalez, Associate Director for Youth Servives
  Libraries Division - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Left to right: Shai Fox Savariau (granddaughter), Gerald Hausman and Uton Hinds (co-author of "The Jacob Ladder")
Oracabessa, Jamaica

"You are a master storyteller, the voice giving wonderful inflections, as well as being your own sound effects engineer. You have a wealth of knowledge and experience that takes your listener into the native American world which you have made your own."

- David G. Robinson, Chair
  Literary Society of Lee County

"Those of us who enjoyed your writing and your insight are a little richer for the experience. Participants at our project have remarked over the past few weeks how much they took pleasure in listening to you discuss and read your work. Each of them is working diligently to become a better writer and teacher through the project."

- Patricia Wachholz, Ed.D., Co-Director
  Florida Gulf Coast Writing Project

"Thanks so much for your visit to Three Oaks were a big hit! The students and staff members thoroughly enjoyed your stories."

- Kristine Siegal, Principal
  Three Oaks Elementary School

"I can't thank you enough for your presentation at the National Writers' Association today...I came home with something no one has given me before, and that is such a sense of enthusiasm and personal possibility, that I couldnot wait to get home and turn on my computer...What was even more exciting was to see that the whole group today was galvanized by your suggestions...Thanks a million."

- Betzi Abrams, Program Coordinator
  Gulf Coast National Writers' Association

See and hear Gerald telling tales!

"On behalf of our staff, volunteers, members and the Board of Directors, we thank you kindly for being our guest speaker at our Annual Membership Meeting. Your tales and insight into the animal kingdom were thought provoking, entertaining, and presented in a way that made all our hearts smile."

- Barbara Shaw, Executive Director
  Lee County Humane Society , Inc.

"You received rave reviews all the way down the line--from your keynote, to your presentations, to your taped interview! You were wonderful and very much appreciated."

- Kathy Clower, Coordinator
  First Coast Writer's Festival

"On behalf of the John F. Kennedy Center, thank you for participating in the 10th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival. The festival drew over 10,000 visitors to the Kennedy Center to celebrate diversity in children's literature. We commend you for providing extraordinary resources for sparking children's imagination, self-awareness and cultural identity through literature and the arts. Thank you for helping us make this festival a success!"

- Ellen Chenoweth, Coordinator
  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

"Gerald Hausman gave a sensational presentation at our school. All of the students in the K-5 building were captivated by his tales. He is the consummate storyteller. His sound effects were astonishingly effective and the students giggled for weeks afterwards as they tried to replicate his stories. Gerald also held a "Chapters" presentation for area teachers and librarians. It was a heart warming and thoroughly enlightening evening. Gerald and Loretta stayed for hours afterward signing books for everyone."

- Jo Konvinse, Media Specialist
  Warsaw Elementary, Genesee Valley BOCES Program - New York

"Throughout the day, I heard terrific comments about your performances, and I continue to hear rave reviews. Luckily, I was able to watch some of your session, so I could see what all of the talk was about. Your presentations were entertaining, engaging, and helpful for the young authors in the audience. You earned so many new fans during your visit. Thank you for preparing such special presentations for the Suncoast Young Authors Celebration. It was a wonderful day for the children."

- Jenifer Schneider, PhD, Department of Childhood Education & Literacy Studies
  University of South Florida, Tampa