faye stanley

For us, education signifies an initiation into new ways of seeing, hearing, feeling, moving. It signifies the nurture of a special kind of reflectiveness and expressiveness, a reaching out for meanings, a learning to learn.”

-Maxine Greene

speaker & consultant

Conference Keynote
project highlight

At the “Creating the Future” Early Childhood Conference, Dr. Stanley delivered the active, engaging keynote address titled, “Juggling It All: Play Your Way to Effective and Efficient Learning.”

Faye Stanley is an extraordinary artist and educator who leaves her audiences and her students culturally enriched and personally inspired.”

-Dr. R. Prillaman, Duke University
sample past keynote titles:

    -Tellin’ Tales: Stories To Build Fluency and a Culture of Caring

    -The “Cultured” Curriculum: Accessible Songs and Games To Transform the Classroom

    -The Improvisational Teacher: Building Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom

sample past organizations:
  • -Smart Start Conference

    -Creating the Future: Early Childhood Conference

    -Western Carolina University Teachers Conference

    -Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Teachers Conference

additional keynote titles:

    -Juggling It All: Play Your Way to Effective and Efficient Learning

    -What To Do About Those Rowdy Ones: Classrooms Where Everybody Learns

Program Development & Consulting
project highlight

Faye Stanley reviewed grant proposals for the US Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, assessing merit of project proposals nationally competing for $7,700,000 in grant funds.

sample past keynote titles:

-North Carolina Arts Council

-US Department of Education

-First Environments Early Learning

-KIPP Schools

-Duke University: Arts and Engagement

sample past focus areas:

-Culturally Responsive Learning

-Drumming Backwards: Understanding by Design

-Multiple Intelligences and Arts Integration

Faye Stanley is a remarkable individual who has vast experience in a multitude of areas related to the arts, partnerships, education, non-profits, integrated studies and professional development. Ms. Stanley is a multi-talented, unique leader who provides thoughtful, challenging and engaging experiences to individuals of all ages and circumstances.”

-Linda Bamford, Director of Arts Education, NC Arts Council, Retired


Teacher Training & Professional Development
project highlight

Each year, Faye trains Durham public school educators at the Center for Teacher Learning and Collaboration, a project of Duke University’s Program in Education.


The teachers absolutely loved her enthusiasm, passion and talent, and left her session with creative curriculum connections for use in the classroom. Faye is a gift to education. She is dedicated, focused, organized and a delightful human being.”

-Jane Dalton, Center Fellow, NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching

Faye was awesome –the staff had a ball and learned so much! Several staff commented on what a “breath of fresh air” Faye’s work was for them. As a school serving all African American students, the cultural component was fabulous!”

-Mary Madden, Principal, Garfield Elementary
sample past organizations:

    -Duke University: Center for Teacher Learning & Collaboration

    -North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching

    -A+ Schools 

sample past titles:

    -Concept-based learning / Arts Integrated Thematic Unit Development

    -Storytelling for ELA & a Culture of Caring

    -What’s the Big Idea: Teaching Across the Curriculum

Teaching Artist Training
project highlight

DREAMS of Wilmington, an arts program serving youth in need, employs many teaching artists in all arts mediums. Faye trains, mentors and coaches DREAMS teaching artists in connecting their art to educational goals.

sample past workshops
-Classroom Management for Teaching Artists

-Big Ideas and Essential Questions: Connecting Your Art to the Work of the School

-Arts Integration, Multiple Intelligences and Blooms Taxonomy for Teaching Artists

Faye provided me with a wonderful experience! I have learned so much from her. She was excellent at adapting the lessons to meet the needs of students and helped me learn new ways to teach difficult concepts.”

-Teacher at Tryon Hill Pre-K, Charlotte, NC
sample past organizations:

-Maui Arts and Cultural Center

-Aspire Trust, Liverpool
Student Residencies and Workshops
project highlight

For the last two years, Faye has worked with 5th grade students at Carolina Friends School to become storytellers, in support of their language arts writing curriculum, and to develop personal and community relational skills.

sample workshop & residency titles
    -Singing to Learn: A Multicultural Approach to Curriculum

    -Tellin’ Tales: Storytelling for Literacy and a Culture of Caring

    -Creative Paths for Learning Math

    -Cultures and Their Symbols

    -All About Me: A K-2 Study Based on Multicultural Arts

I attended every day that Faye Stanley was in my son’s class. It was a wonderful experience for me and for the students. Combining movement with music and all kinds of learning experiences was the best! All the students had such excited and concentrated looks on their faces. Everyone wanted to participate 100%. This is teaching at it’s best!

-Sherry, Parent of a 1st Grader
sample past organizations:
  • -Academy for Learning Through the Arts, Washington, DC

    -Carolina Friends School, Durham, North Carolina

    -The Turtle School, (Oneida Tribal School) Oneida, Wisconsin

    -Kanuikapono Charter School, Anahola, Hawaii

Events & facilitation

Conference Presenter & Facilitator
project highlight

Faye is a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, presenting at Kennedy Center conferences, and in their Changing Education through the Arts program, both in Washington, DC, and with their partner organizations nationally.

Faye demonstrated extraordinary skill in engaging the youngsters… Her musical talents, knowledge of child development and warm engaging personality were an ideal way to bring together a diversity of children and bring out the best in all of them.”

-Dr. Kate Porter Young, Director, Little River Family Resource Center
sample past organizations:
    -John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    -International Conference of the National Association for Multicultural Education

    -Staff Development for Educators
sample past titles:
    -Singing to Learn: A Multicultural Approach to Curriculum

    -Creative Strategies for Building Fluency and Literacy

    -Arts Integration in Action
Performer & Community Event Facilitation
project highlight

Duke University’s Nasher Museum regularly features Faye as a performer and facilitator at their community celebration days.

sample past organizations

-Nasher Museum

-Goddard College

-NC Museum of Art

-North Carolina Botanical Gardens

-Ackland Art Museum

sample past event types

-Community Festivals

-Organizational Celebrations



Your time here on Sunday was so deeply appreciated by so many. Many after-comments on your wonderful spirit, your selection of songs and stories, your fine musicianship. Thank you again and again and again!”

-Carolyn Toben, Founder, Timberlake Earth Sanctuary