Storyteller, educator, published author – all of these words describe Phyllis Hostmeyer. (And many people call her a stand-up comic. The quote that Phyllis hears most often from teachers during workshops, “You remind me so much of Carol Burnett.”) Phyllis has traveled throughout the United States and the world telling stories and providing professional development. You might find her working with teachers in the Arctic Circle, telling Bible stories in Israel, sharing myths on a cruise down the Nile River, or helping students in a small Southern Illinois classroom. It doesn’t matter where she is working or what she is doing, one thing is certain – she brings a wealth of experience, knowledge, and passion to every task she tackles.

Following twenty-five years of classroom teaching, Phyllis began her career as an educational consultant, and for more than ten years now she has been the go-to-gal for any topic related to language arts. Reading, writing, spelling, assessment, poetry, storytelling – she can and will design professional development tailored to your specific language arts needs. All of her workshops are aligned to the Common Core Standards and are supported by evidence-based research.

No one will sit quietly and daydream during professional development with Phyllis. She won’t have people sitting while she attempts to stuff them full of theory and lofty ideas. Her workshops will lead you gently into active participation so that you will dazzle yourself with your own brilliance and abilities.