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About Us

What Makes Us Who We Are
TPR Storytelling® is a registered trademark owned by TPRS Books.

TPRS® or Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling® is a method of teaching languages through comprehensible readings and interactive oral stories. Through compelling and repeated tales, students pick up the language — even if they haven’t studied grammar and vocabulary yet.

Blaine Ray developed the TPRS® in the late 1980s, but thousands of teachers have helped contribute to what the method is today and how it is implemented. TPRS Books is committed to continuing what Ray and other educators have done by training more teachers to apply and expand TPRS® in their classrooms.

Our sessions usually happen during the summer. We recruit seasoned TPRS/CI teachers to provide language training to other educators. Even our founder, Blaine Ray himself, does presentations about implementing TPRS to make students and teachers more fluent in writing and speaking different languages. We use books and other resource materials like starter kits and videos to make our workshops not only informative but also fun.

Von Ray is Blaine’s son. Throughout most of the year, Von is handling the day-to-day operations of TPRS® Books but also travels the country visiting classrooms and training teachers in workshops. Von has a passion for language teaching and training teachers in storytelling techniques. Contact:

Craig Sheehy (pronounced she-high) is an experienced high school and college language teacher. Formerly one of Blaine’s high school students, Craig has a unique perspective on TPRS and TPR. He is gifted at languages and is a kind and patient trainer. When Craig is not training teachers, he is organizing those school district trainings all over the world. Contact:

Chelsea Bennett has been with TPRS since 2019 and is currently the office manager. She also serves in a customer service and marketing capacity. Contact: and

Jeremy “Señor” Jordan is an experienced high school Spanish teacher that is well-known for his YouTube Spanish videos. Many know him for his ability to break things down into very simple steps. He is passionate about creating and developing quality materials to help teachers and students enjoy learning. Contact:

Blaine Ray has devoted his life to classroom teaching and improving the quality of language education. Even in his 60’s, Blaine is still traveling all over the world giving workshop trainings, guest teaching as a volunteer, consulting with language departments, improving his own teaching, and constantly searching for what yields the best results. Contact:

Zayde González is an experienced English and Spanish teacher that joined TPRS Books in October 2020. With her experiences in both education and business, she is the perfect contact for opening Latin America to the power of TPRS. Contact:

See our presenter bios to learn more about our teacher trainers.

Statement regarding Prop 8 (2008)
We have heard from many out there who are concerned about something that happened in 2008. The following is our response:

In 2008, the owner at the time, donated company funds to support Prop 8 out of a religious conviction. When the L.A. Times released his name, he acknowledged his mistake, issued an apology, and reimbursed the company with personal funds.
TPRS Books, originally Blaine Ray Workshops, was founded on the principles of training all individuals in TPRS®. We still believe that TPRS® is the best way known for delivering communicatively embedded input so that students may acquire other languages.
Today, we continue that vision through our trainings and materials. We strive to ensure our training teaches people from all walks of life regardless of ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, sexual orientation or identity, and we do not discriminate on who can attend our trainings, use TPRS®, or use our products.
Thank you to all of you who have supported us over the years. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to transform your classes and students' experiences in the classroom with the power of TPRS®.



15562 E. Fremont 
Suite B-101
Centennial, CO 80112
Office Hours:
8:00am to 4:00pm Mtn Time
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