Priscilla R. Best

About Priscilla

Priscilla is the Heart to Heart Storyteller who delights audiences while presenting contemporary stories, folktales, and chants of her own African American heritage as well as other cultures from around the world.  Priscilla grew up in rural coastal plains of North Carolina where her parents and twelve brothers and sisters were tenant farmers who worked in the tobacco and cotton fields. Her farm family experiences sometimes provide a platform for her “family stories”.

Priscilla earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University and the Masters of Library Science Degree from East Carolina University. She served as teacher and library media coordinator for more than 30 years. Since her retirement from North Carolina Public Schools, Priscilla continues to use her educational experiences to produce storytelling programs for students and others. The programs are exciting, enriching, age-appropriate, and guided by tenets of the common core standards. In school or community settings, programs may address literacy, character development, self- worth, cultural enrichment, and more.

Priscilla’s story ventures have taken her across North Carolina and beyond.  Holding membership in state and national organizations provides her with opportunities for perpetual growth and development. In 2004 Priscilla journeyed with a United States Storytelling Delegation under the auspices of National Storytelling Network, Inc. to South Africa in order to share stories and participate in the cultural exchange. Priscilla’s memberships in other storytelling organizations include the National Association of Black Storytellers, Inc. and the North Carolina Association of Black Storytellers, Inc.  As a member of the North Carolina Storytelling Guild, Priscilla was elected and served for one year on the Board of Directors as the Coastal Region Representative.

In 2010, Priscilla was awarded the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Arts Grant.  Priscilla has received the Competent Toastmaster Award and is an effective workshop facilitator and public speaker.