PUPPETRY WITH K-12 STUDENTS
As a puppeteer, I am also using over15 years of experience as an educator in cultural and scientific settings (Museums, Universities, Schools) to engage students in a variety of age appropriate curriculum explorations through puppetry: material, light, technical mechanisms (STEM), cultural traditions (Social Science), storytelling and performance (Literacy and Language Arts).
I offer classes in English and French.
BRING A PROFESSIONAL
INTO YOUR SCHOOL
Mitten the kitten - for K to 4th graders
As a professional puppeteer, I created a story for a young audience (4 and up), using handcrafted wooden string puppets. This tale-like story is about a small adventurous cat who is accidentally left outside on a warmer winter day in the middle of the Boreal Forest.
Play in English or French.
Followed by a short workshop.
LITERACY AND PUPPETRY
You want your class to learn about fables and shadow puppetry at the same time?
You would like your students to learn how to adapt a written story into a visual and oral form of storytelling?
You think that learning basic shadow puppetry techniques, construction and performance using simple materials can enhance their learning?
If you want me to teach this class students will receive individual feedback on each presentations once posted and my expertise and passion for puppetry all along the way!
I work remotely or face to face with individual classes using shadow, hand or rod puppets to enhance a particular lesson.
The number and duration of lessons is adaptable to your class availability and age group: between 3 to 5 lessons (30-60 min each). Teachers will be asked to finish some steps in class between meetings.
WHAT TACHERS SAY
Mr. O'Reagan, 4th grade teacher
“Maite offered clear, organized instructions in a cheerful, pleasant manner. She showed great enthusiasm and patience with the class. She was able to help students problem solve and encouraged them to take risks. I would gladly welcome her into my [online] classroom again!”
Mrs. Hammer, 4th grade Teacher
I would absolutely ask all my colleagues to get on board with this project to enrich their language arts studies. Shadow puppet theater is expressive, creative, and another vehicle to share stories. Students also get practice using their hands to create their theaters and puppets, improving dexterity and artistic skills”.
"Maite brings her broad experience and training with puppetry from around the world to any given setting and is able to creatively apply her knowledge to merge and adapt to the interests and resources of her students." Teacher
Over 1000 Students since 2019
As a teaching artist, I work with pre-K to 12th grade students. I use puppet production and performance to promote self confidence, respect, collaboration and problem solving skills.
I am part of FACE AIS, the "Artists In the School" program through Fairbanks Art Association, since 2018.
I am part of the Alaska Statewide Teaching Artist Roster (STAR), since 2023
In the News:
"Artist Residency", Fairbanks Art Association, Oct 2023 (link)
"A shout out to students, artist in residence", Tori Brannan, April 2019, Newsminer (link)