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Alumnae Profiles: Gloria Elder, C'71

Spelman alumna and storyteller Gloria Elder is one of many individuals who will use their gifts and talents to promote literacy, stimulate imaginations, and reveal the importance of telling a good story in support of this year's National Black Arts Festival.

As a part of its 25th Anniversary, the NBAF will host book fairs at libraries in communities throughout Fulton County in Atlanta.

Elder and fellow members of the Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia organization will tell the folk stories of West Africa, the Caribbean and the American South. They will also encourage participants to create their own stories. Each child in attendance will receive a book at no cost when they present a library card.

Elder will be the featured storyteller during the NBAF Family Book Fair on Saturday, July 27,  from 1 p.m. - 2: 30 p.m., at the Bowen/Bankhead Library located at 2685 Donald Lee Hollowell Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30318.

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

About Gloria Elder

Gloria Elder is the Deputy Director of Training, Co-developer and Project Director of the Pre-School Stress Relief Project, and author of the ParentWise Parenting Program at the Wholistic Stress Control Institute, Inc. where she has worked for 25 years.

Elder has extensive experience and expertise in early childhood education and administration, health and wellness programs and prevention education, with a particular focus on curriculum development and implementation and program replication.

She worked as a lead teacher, social worker, parent coordinator and director of the Atlanta University Child Care Center for more than 15 years prior to developing the PSSRP.  She continues to market the PSSRP locally and nationally because she believes a program of this magnitude is needed to teach children and youth how to cope with large amounts of “changes” or “stress” experienced in their early years of development.

"As a  graduate of Spelman College and the Atlanta University, I taught and directed a pre-school education program for more than fifteen years and told stories to children and adults every Friday morning. I changed careers and started writing programs and curricula on stress management education for young children and adults.  I also recently published my first book, “I Walked a Mile in Her Shoes."

Elder is the recipient of the 1990 Pre-School Stress Relief Project Exemplary Program Award, the 1992 Hearts for Youth Leadership Award, the 2002 Practitioner of Excellence Award, the 2004 Outstanding Volunteer Services Award, the 2008 National Wellness Association Leadership Award, and the 2012 Spring Forest Qigong Wisdom Circle Award.