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About Me (and my stories!)

Hi! I'm Via Goode. (Yes, that's my real name - and it's pronounced VY-uh Good.)

I'm a storyteller, not a story-reader. That means I perform the stories (or, as one 4-year-old listener remarked, "Mommy, she didn't have any books; she WAS the story!"). Some of my stories are based on folklore and some are original stories, developed specifically for my audience -- which tends to consist of mostly children (although I often perform for adult audiences, too!). All stories are performed live, and typically include some simple props, character voices, and often songs. And all stories are entertaining, age appropriate, and engaging -- I encourage active participation by the audience!


My Background:

*Professional Storyteller (currently, since 2010)

*Substitute public school teacher (currently)

*Former Assistant Director of Children's Ministry (13 years)

*Former preschool teacher and teacher's aide (5+ years)

*Former Co-leader of a Girl Scout troop

*Former Room mom & Team mom for my kid's soccer, basketball, and softball teams 

My Memberships:

*National Storytelling Network

*Virginia Storytelling Alliance

*Northeast Storytelling 

*River & Prairie Storyweavers

*NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)

*VAAEYC (Virginia Association for the Education of Young Children)

*SECOVA (Southeastern Virginia Chapter of VAAEYC)


My Stories:

*Considered an "in-house" field trip at schools, libraries, museums, parks, festivals, scout meetings, and other special events

*Available anytime during the school year, AS WELL AS for winter, spring, and summer breaks/camps!

*Performances focus on core standards of learning and include stories and warm-ups/settle downs with patterns, sequencing, rhyming, context clues, and much more (shhhhh . . . don't tell 'em they're learning!)

*Performances can be customized to complement particular themes or fields of study  


Hampton Roads/Tidewater/Southeastern Virginia*

I come to you! 

Hours by appointment:

Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.**

Sat: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m**

Sun: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.**

*Travel surcharge may be added for venues more than 25 miles from Chesapeake.

**Evening or Weekend (premium) fees may apply.

I'm around children A LOT! I think they are funny and inspiring. I also believe that we can learn a lot from them, if we'll listen!

I enjoy helping my audience utilize their imaginations, and I endeavor to teach them to find "their voice".

Call or email me to discuss availability, program themes, and fees/discounts:

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