About Ventriloquist, Educator, and Writer Bruce Weaver

Bruce first performed his ventriloquist act at the age of 10 with his pal, Jerry Mahoney, a Christmas gift.
He is a graduate of the Maher Studios Course of Ventriloquism.
He has been performing professionally since 1982.
He has performed at schools, county fairs, churches, libraries, camping resorts, scouting events, banquets, clubs, and senior citizen groups all over North Central Pennsylvania and South Central New York.
In addition he performed during "open mic" at the 2003, 2004, and 2009 Vent Haven International Ventriloquist ConVENTions.
(An annual event held in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky that attracts over 400 ventriloquists from around the world.)
His cast of characters has grown to over 20.

Bruce was an active member of the Yoked Churches of Knoxville (United Methodist and First Baptist worshipping together) for over 40 years.  He has served on and been chairperson of the Worship and Education Teams as well as the Moderator of the Yoked Church Council.  He taught Sunday School and was a member of the Church Choir.
Bruce and his "friends" were a part of the Yoked Churches' Sunday School and Vacation Bible School several times over the years.  He also led the congregation in worship on numerous occasions with the help of his "friends".
In 2011, Bruce and his wife moved to Muncy, PA.  Their new home church is the First United Church of Muncy.

Bruce retired in June of 2005, after 35 years of teaching fifth & sixth grade at the Westfield Area Elementary School, Westfield, PA.
He's the founder and advisor of the Westfield Elementary Newspaper (1976-2005).
Founder and advisor of the Cowanesque Valley School Amateur Radio Club (1994-2015).
His Pearl Harbor Survivors Project that started as an amateur radio contact resulted in a gathering of Pearl Harbor Survivors at the Westfield Elem. School that drew national media coverage by CNN in 1991.
Listed in Who's Who Among America's Teachers 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2006.
Recipient- W.A.E.S. PTO's 1992 Teacher of the Year Award
Recipient- American Radio Relay League's 1996 Professional Educator of the Year Award
Recipient- Elmira Star-Gazette's Twin Tiers of NY & PA Outstanding Educator Award - October 2002

Bruce is a free lance writer for children's magazines and teacher's publications.  His "Aunt Gabby" poems, stories, and articles have appeared in Boys' Quest, Kids' Highway, and Fun For Kidz.  The June 2005 issue of Boys' Quest includes Aunt Gabby's "Official Rules for Backyard Baseball" article. Bruce has also had articles appear in Creative Classroom, Teaching PreK-8.

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