Who are the Storytellers?

Jason D'Rocha  

Jason is an author and creator of JR Storytellers. His passion and creativity as an author and storyteller derive from 20 years of experience in the field of childhood development, coaching, and education.  Jason also served as the Director of Franchise Development at Sportball, a leading provider of non-competitive multi-sport programs for children 16 months to 12 years of age.  He was responsible for training franchisees and coaches across Canada, the United States and Singapore. Jason currently resides in Toronto, Canada with his wife and 2 children.  LinkedIn Profile: Jason D'Rocha

Tayson Martindale

Tayson is a cartoonist and storyteller located in Edmonton, Alberta. His first graphic novel (BOX BOY) was published by 215 Ink in 2018. He has self-published several comics (including: Parker Purr: Cat Adventurer, The Legendary: Winter, and Bedtime Tails) as well as being an artist for the Thunder Frog series published by Thunder Frog Comics. He is also the artist for the card game ACTIVE ANIMALS: THE GAME.  Tayson loves working with kids and sharing his love of comics and storytelling.

Graham Seater

Graham is an award-winning kindergarten teacher in Toronto, Ontario where he tries a range of voices in his storytelling, and thankfully the four year-olds don’t seem to judge. He has written for children’s television and web series, including tween shows Life With Derek and My Babysitter’s A Vampire and the preschool math show Monster Math. He is the founder of the Junior Author Project, turning young writers into published authors, and in 2017 he published his first book, Would You Be My Tree?

 Nicole de Haan

Nicole is the Manager of Administration and Events at JR Storytellers.  She is also a Fitness Instructor and everyday Supermom!  Nicole's extensive experience in early childhood education and her keen ability to communicate and connect with people of all ages, make her perfectly suited for her role.  She has a passion for developing children's literacy and strives to create positive learning opportunities and experiences for students, teachers, and educators alike.