Gloria "Glow Glo" Elder has been telling stories for more than 25 years. She enjoys writing and telling stories of her many adventures of growing up around her loving grandparents. Her first book titled, "I Walked a Mile in Her Shoes: A Story of Unconditional Love", is a story about an adventure she had with her maternal grandmother. As an Early Childhood Educator and Director, she told stories to children and adults in the day care center every Friday morning. Upon changing careers and missing the children at the day care center, she became a clown and created her act called, "The Magic of Clowning Around". Her performances include, mime, singing, face painting and magic tricks. She performs at birthday parties, in schools, hospitals, churches and at festivals. The themes of her stories include family history, saving our planet and transforming our life.
Gloria uses a quote to share her thoughts about storytelling; "Words lead to deeds… they prepare the soul, make it ready, and move it to tenderness"
-Saint Teresa of Avila
Ms. Elder is the Deputy Director of Training at the Wholistic Stress Control Institute (WSCI) in Atlanta, GA. Gloria is an administrator, educator, social worker and a certified yoga and Chi Gong instructor. She has extensive expertise and experience in Early Childhood Education and administration and health and wellness programming. She conducts workshops for professionals, parents, seniors and youth in the areas of stress and anger management, conflict resolution and early childhood education and more. Gloria is a graduate of Atlanta University, with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her work with children and youth and families.
Performance Venues and Workshops
- National Association of Black Storytellers
- National Black Arts Festival
- Ballethnic Dance and Theater Group
- Shrine of the Black Madonna Annual Kwanzaa Celebrations
- National Black Child Development Institute
- Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Emerging Voices
- Dunwoody Preservation Trust
- Regional Head Start Associations
- Local Head Start and Day Care Associations
- Local Colleges, Schools and Libraries
- Grandparents Associations