What makes us who we are

TPRS® Books is an family owned and operated company that offers workshop training as well as books and other helpful materials for foreign language teaching.

TPR Storytelling® is a registered trademark owned by TPRS Books.

TPRS® (Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling®) is a method of teaching languages with interactive oral stories and readings. Student pick up, or acquire, the language by listening and understanding. Fluency comes as a result. Developed in the late 1980’s by Blaine Ray, hundreds and maybe thousands of teachers have helped contribute to what the method is today. This company has a passion for training teachers to apply and expand theories of language acquisition for the purposes of classroom teaching.  Throughout the summer months, TPRS® Books recruits some of the most gifted TPRS/CI teachers to train teachers in workshops all over the United States and the world.

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.

Von Ray is Blaine’s son. Throughout most of the year, Von is running 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.

Michael Coxon is an experienced high school Spanish teacher that loves all things related to language learning. Mike loves helping teachers align teaching with TPRS® with the goals and objectives of school districts across the United States. Throughout the year Mike works on a multitude of projects involving professional development and classroom materials and the daily operations of TPRS Books. Contact: Mike@TPRSbooks.com

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: Craig@TPRSbooks.com

Chris Coxon is Mike’s older brother.  He has extensive experience in shipping, receiving, and has worked in the printing industry for decades. Chris is the one that takes care of the materials orders, the book warehouse, workshop scheduling, interacting with customers and making sure the rest of the team is meeting deadlines.  He is a one man shipping and receiving team and prides himself on getting orders out within 24 hours.

Since we are a small and growing company, we often collaborate with a handful of teachers, authors, graphic designers, translators, marketing gurus. See our books for those that often help us and a special thanks to the people at Waypoint Creative!

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

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