April 2, 2014


"The Power of Story: Finding the Storyteller in You" Seminar April 8

Northeast Alabama Community College will host a seminar “The Power of Story: Finding the Storyteller in You” on Tuesday, April 8 at 5 pm in the Workforce Development Building, Room 132. The seminar is sponsored by the NACC Child Development Department.

It is no coincidence that the greatest communicators of all time used story to connect to their audiences. From the classroom, to the boardroom, to the courtroom, stories may very well be the most effective way to convey meaning and influence others.

This seminar will include information that will help people from all walks of life understand how story can be used to enhance their communication. From grandparents sharing family stories with the next generation, to business owners looking to increase profits, stories can be utilized to make valuable connections with others.

Sharing useful information and effective techniques, seminar presenter Lee Piskorz will help you find the storyteller in you.

Lee Piskorz

Piskorz teaches gifted and talented students at Collins Intermediate, and is also the Gifted Program Coordinator for Scottsboro City Schools. A graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Alabama, she has been educating students for over 25 years. Using stories in her classroom eventually led to numerous opportunities in other public venues, and she now enjoys sharing her love of storytelling with audiences of all ages.

Since deciding to pursue storytelling professionally, Piskorz has attended storytelling classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, where she has worked with award-winning professional storytellers Elizabeth Ellis and Dianne Hackworth. Last November, she was chosen to be a featured storyteller at Tellabration, an annual international storytelling event, held this year at the Jacksonville State University Mountain Center in Heflin, Alabama.

Most recently, Piskorz was the guest storyteller for the National Park Service’s program to honor Women’s History Month at the Little River Canyon Center in Fort Payne, Alabama, where she told the life story of Mary Weatherly, a local inductee to the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame.

When not telling stories, Piskorz loves speaking to groups about the importance of storytelling and how to integrate it into all aspects of their personal and professional lives. She can be reached at

For more information about the seminar, contact Debra O’Neal, NACC CHD Instructor/Advisor, at phone ext. 2295, or by email at

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