Judy Sima

Judy Sima, retired media specialist, is considered the Pied Piper of storytelling in the Metropolitan Detroit area. Judy makes a point of taking young storytellers "under her wing" to help them with their art. More than any other single storyteller, Judy has helped to foster and cultivate the next generation of storytellers. With Kevin Cordi, she co-authored Raising Voices: Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes, a valuable manual for those interested in working with youth tellers. As co-editor of MI Story, Judy brings the world of storytelling to the public forefront.

Judy's love of story is infectious and she has willingly shared her talents, her resources and her enthusiasm throughout
the North Central region and beyond.

2005 North Central
Service and Leadership Award
National Storytelling Network

Awards & Affiliations

Professional Awards

  • National Storytelling Network North Central Service and Leadership ORACLE Award http://www.storynet.org/programs/awards/northcentral.html
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education Mentor Award
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education Ruby Brown Award for Individual Excellence
  • Fitzgerald Board of Education Commendation of Excellence
  • Education Excellence Rising Star Award - Michigan Association of School Boards

 

Awards for "Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes"

  • Five Foot Bookshelf: VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) Essential Books for Professionals Who Serve Teens Download PDF
  • Storytelling World Honor Award
  • Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award

 

Awards for "Good Character"

  • Gold Award Creative Magazine DVD of the Year Award
  • Creative Child Magazine DVD of the Year Gold Award

 

Professional Affiliations

  • National Storytelling Network, Board of Directors
  • Northlands Storytelling Network, Board of Directors
  • Michigan Reading Association
  • Michigan Association for Media in Education
  • International Reading Association
  • Detroit Story League, President 1996-1999
  • American Library Association
  • American Association of School Librarians
  • Judy founded and facilitates The Fitzgerald Parent-Tellers, (Michigan Association for Media in Education Volunteer Award)
  • Judy founded The Chatterton Talespinners, a middle school student storytelling troupe