A native of the small college town of Athens, Georgia, 5000 Puppets founder Meghann Jordan packed up and moved to San Francisco, California in late 2009 in search of a more expansive creative environment to learn and connect with people involved in puppetry.
Through a few workshops with Michael Earl and connections with people in the biz, Jesse Vail and the kind folks at Swazzle (Los Angeles), she has learned many of the key components of puppet crafting. Meghann also finds much of her inspiration through the work of Jim Henson.
An opportunity in May of 2011 with Louisville, Kentucky teacher Russ Hockenbury led to a great customer relationship and experience in creating puppets for educational purposes with his program, The Good Computer Kids Podcast.
As a teacher for the past 25 years, I understand the need for differential teaching methods and the importance of modalities in instruction. Meghann's 5000 Puppets website allowed me to incorporate technology, science, and nutrition, along with the use of visual, auditory, and sensory aids. All of my students benefited from her child-centered approach to learning. In regard to my autistic students, making abstract concepts more concrete and easy to understand can be challenging, however, through the videos on the website, they were able to use their auditory, visual, and tactile senses to better synthesize the material being presented. Who thought learning about Hydrogen could be so fun?!
4th Grade Teacher
Barnett Shoals Elementary