Vik Patel (Co-founder and Lecturer) got his early start in story coaching by picking apart his parents’ attempts to punish him. “If you take away my television privileges, you become the bad guy. Inspire me, Mom; don’t make me root against you.” Happily, Vik grew to be less obnoxious as an adult, but still enjoys working with storytellers. A longtime producer and story coach for Anchorage storytelling program Arctic Entries, Vik wrote the first draft of the Story Works curriculum and sheds a tear each and every time we shorten the Storytelling Basics lesson.
Vik is the creator of Alaska Public Media’s New Arrivals series, and currently works in podcasting for Sony Music in Los Angeles, where the most interesting thing about him is that he used to live in Alaska. Vik once again lives with his Mom, who still limits his television time.
Regan Brooks (Co-founder, volunteer, and Board of Directors Member) was born and raised in New York City and has called Anchorage, Alaska home for eleven years. She first developed her love of storytelling in high school* but took a detour into the sciences for a while because birds, plants and physics are awesome too. A former science teacher Regan has also worked as an ornithology research assistant, a fry-cook, and a costume character (a giant kidney bean). She loves being a mom to her two kids, taking them hiking even when they don’t want to go, and hearing them tell stories about it later. She believes storytelling helps us make sense of what matters most and she’s grateful to all who have collaborated, through storytelling and listening, to make Story Works possible.
Rachel Kittoe (Co-founder and Partner Teacher) has been teaching English at West High School since 2009. Rachel enjoys bringing Story Works to her students because it enhances the classroom community and builds morale. She also loves how it helps students learn how to think about structure and editing. “The process of crafting a story to tell verbally is very similar to the writing process and, as we work, I can see students learn how to transfer these skills.”
Temperance Tinkerkays (Co-founder and Partner Teacher) spends her days at West High School conserving habitat for the endangered species of the teenage mind. Temperance first hosted Story Works (then The West High Storytelling Project) in her classroom in February 2014. She is excited to be involved in bringing storytelling into the high school English Language Arts classroom.