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Nels Ross - School Assembly Presenter, Teaching Artist

Nels Ross – School Assembly Presenter, Teaching Artist

Nels Ross presents school assemblies and workshops which promote character education, anti-bullying, reading, and STEM / STEAM through physical theater, variety arts, and humor. With rave reviews from 2,500 elementary, middle, and high school assembly programs, he uplifts students and staff across New York, the Northeast, New England, the U.S….

An acclaimed performer and speaker, Nels has also won the hearts of international audiences. Applying his diverse background – including a Masters in Education and training with instructors from UB Theatre & Dance and Cirque du Soleil – he inspires connections to character, reading, math, science, and other curriculum… All “in jest,” or in fun!

✔︎ Gravity-Defying School Assemblies & Workshops
✔︎ Re: Character Education, Anti-Bullying, Reading, STEM / STEAM through Physical Theater, Variety Arts & Humor
✔︎ 2,500 Elementary, Middle & High School Assembly Programs in WNY, CNY, and Beyond
✔︎ Serving New York, Northeast, New England, U.S….

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School Assembly Programs

Possibilities (Character Education)
Based on the principle that every person has value and purpose, this inspirational performance promotes character education, including respect, responsibility, resilience, and a growth mindset.
💡The focus can be anti-bullying, diversity, Positivity Project, or other upon request. (K-12)

“five stars!… positive message”

Cattaraugus-Little Valley School

High on Life (Health, Wellness)
Celebrate healthy choices for physical, mental, and social health in this uplifting performance, with age-appropriate messages on wellness, substance abuse, and “joy-full” living.
💡Supports Red Ribbon Week, wellness, and drug/alcohol awareness. (K-12)

“truly wonderful… stellar performance”

F P Donnelly School

Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics exploration through flying objects, bouncing balls, spinning plates, and more.
💡Designed to reinforce STEM/STEAM initiatives. (K-6) News Article »

“absolutely fabulous!”

Corning Museum of Glass

Read to Achieve (Reading, PARP)
Get pumped up to “read, know, and grow” on a journey to wherever we want to go, through this upbeat and laughter-filled performance.
💡A great kick off or complement to PARP, RIF, and related programs. (K-6)

“spectacular, as always!”

Windermere School

The Greatest Show on Mirth
A celebration of life and laughter, and how each of us can help bring “mirth” or joy to the world, through the gifts we give and the gifts we become.
💡Perfect for holidays, family fun nights, end of the year… (All Ages)

“thanks for bringing so much joy!”

Riverview School

Workshops & Residencies

Juggling/Life Workshop
Join in juggling and related activities for all skill levels, with peacock feathers, scarves, beanbags, or other props. These activities develop life skills such as goal-setting and resiliency, and parts of the brain used in reading, writing, math, and science.
💡Combine with school assemblies, PE classes, after school programs… (K-12) More Benefits »

“rave reviews from faculty and students”

Our Lady of Mercy High School

Juggling for Success Residency
Combine assemblies and workshops for a one-day to five-day residency that teaches juggling and life skills, and encourages positive decision making. Add “Family Juggling Night” to involve the whole community.
💡Can be coordinated with PE and parent-teacher goals. (K-6) Info Packet »

“highlight of our school year”

Plank Road South School

Student & Staff Development

Leadership: It’s What You Do Do
Through contagious humor and playful activities, secondary students learn how every person has potential to demonstrate leadership and to make a positive difference in the lives of others. (7-12)

“scored PERFECT on our surveys”

APA Solutions

Professional Development: Build Net Mirth
Get more smileage out of work and life! Participants will learn ways to reduce stress and enhance joy, health, and productivity through humor and play. They will also be equipped with resources to gain and maintain energy, focus, connection, and resilience, long after the program. Available as a one- to two-hour program for teacher appreciation, training, conferences, etc.. Info & Video »

“fantastic presentation!… marvelous!”

Association of California School Administrators

“standing ovation!”

National Center for Education Research & Technology

In central or western New York (CNY or WNY)? Consider booking through YA-WNY or your area BOCES. In the Northeast, New England, or elsewhere? Contact In Jest today.

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