TPRS® Books strives for acceptance and tolerance in all matters of teaching and learning. Some of our company policies and values include:
- Everyone feels included and well-represented.
- We value the experience and insights of all teachers and students.
- All cultures, values, beliefs, and traditions are celebrated and embraced.
- It is our goal to offer unique opportunities for lifelong learning.
- It is our belief to foster global awareness that allows others to explore and understand their cultural differences and similarities.
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: Von@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
Chelsea Bennett is the office manager. She has experience in shipping, receiving, and has worked in the printing industry for years. Chelsea 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. Contact: Info@TPRSbooks.com
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: Jeremy@TPRSbooks.com
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: Blaine@TPRSbooks.com.
See our presenter bios to learn more about our teacher trainers.