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Margaret Lippert

Adjunct Professor

Adjunct Professor Meg Lippert

A professional storyteller for 4 decades, Margaret (Meg) Lippert is the author of 22 award-winning books of multicultural folk tales, including four co-authored with Liberian storyteller Won-Ldy Paye: Why Leopard Has Spots (Illustrated By Ashley Bryan), Head Body Legs, Mrs. Chicken and The Hungry Crocodile, and The Talking Vegetables (illustrated by Julie Paschkis). A former classroom teacher and professor of children’s literature at Teachers College Columbia University, she has taught Cultural History through Storytelling to Lesley University students since 2006.

For 7 years she served as a national faculty member, mentoring 11 storytelling instructors. In addition to founding her own elementary school, she has taught elementary through high school students in public and independent schools and has served as Folklore Consultant for Macmillan Publishing Company’s School Division. Meg has traveled coast to coast (and to Alaska and Hawaii) teaching and telling stories in the United States and has performed in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America.

Her website describes her storytelling performances and workshops. Meg lives on Mercer Island, Washington, with her husband, a story listener. Meg believes that teaching through storytelling gives students powerful opportunities for building community, creating meaning, deepening learning, and having fun. Meg wants everyone, including students, to know the joy of hearing, reading, learning, and telling stories.


BA, English Literature and Fine Arts, Swarthmore College
MA in Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Ed.D. with specialization in curriculum development and teacher education, Teachers College, Columbia University