Mann is an award-winning storyteller, bringing a variety of educational
programs and workshops to children and adults in schools, churches,
libraries, educational conferences, and corporate settings throughout
the upper Midwest. Mike originally became involved in the National
Institute on Media and the Family as a media rater for the MediaWise
KidScore® program and has been an active advocate of the Institute's
mission since 1997.
storytelling experience creates an engaging environment for adults
and children on subjects ranging from creative writing and storytelling
to the MediaWise program. He was a 2002 nominee for the Anne Richardson
Reading is Fundamental national award and is currently researching
the area of storytelling and emergent literacy. As a founding member
of Cygnus Storytelling, Mike is working with the families and staff
of the Waldorf Schools to develop a family storytelling curriculum.
He is president of the Northlands Storytelling Network, and a roistered
artist for COMPAS Global Arts Presentations. Mike is a popular instructor
for the Greater Minneapolis Day Care Association and an active member
of the National Storytelling Network, where he participates in the
"Stories in Organizations" special interest group.
before more than 15,000 children and adults each year, and has appeared
on Channel 9's Good Morning Minnesota and KARE 11. He also participated
in the panel discussion involving parents and educators led by Dr.
David Walsh on TPT2 after the 9/11 attacks.
Prior to his
career as a storyteller, Mike worked in the area of human resources
and corporate training, and spent the early years of his life as
a baker. He is currently active in church, community and youth sports
programs. Mike and his wife, Vicki, live in Minneapolis and have
four children, Jennifer, Laura, John, and Tim, and a grandson, Jackson.