Letters of Recommendation

"I can't thank you enough for your fabulous performance at this past Saturday's Spring Art Hop. From your flexibility with the sound and set-up to your outstanding songs and show - you were an absolute pleasure to work with! I hope that you can perform at Cheekwood again soon."

Hillary Steinwinder

"What a delightful presentation! The students and staff of the Rush-Henrietta School Age Child Care Program want to thank you for giving us the chance to express ourselves through music and dance. This is something which often gets short-changed in today's electronic culture. We had a wonderful time and appreciate you spending the morning with us."

Pearl Tokar, Director of Child Care Services

Rachel skillfully analyzes both needs and potential in any learning situation. Her artistic and academic knowledge, boundless creativity, and highly engaging delivery then product exciting, effective experences for students and teachers. Her own artistry is both inspiring and fun, and she motivated others to explore and embrace the arts.

Lattie Brown, Special Projects Director, Education, Tennessee Performing Arts Center

Congratulations! You had our best audience yet! I was thrilled because I knew they had an extra special treat in store with you. The program was just perfect for such a mixed age group. It's hard for these moms with children of such wide age differences. "You worked hard for your money." I appreciate how well you were able to hold their attention, involve them in the story and songs, and give the parents a great time also. You're a master entertainer!!

Thanks also for being on time, organized and prepared with equipment and programming. The flow was flawless. You are a dream!!

Dorothy Ballenger, Old Hickory Library

"What a delight to have you at Emmanuel, to have dinner with you and and then watch you mesmerize 300 folks early on a Saturday morning! You were absolutely amazing in your ability to entertain and hold the attention of "wound up" children on a Friday afternoon. Then you were equally as amazing as you wove great, practical information for teachers with fun and song and movement. The attendees of the conference gave you rave reviews. One said you could have spoken all day and she would have been happy...."

Sandy Eggers
Memphis Association for the Education for Young Children Conference Coordinator

"Thank you for coming to The Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter yesterday to perform for the children we serve...You were "GREAT"! We were all impressed with your musical talents and your ability to maintain control of a large audience of 4 through 12 year old children. (Being able to keep the attention of a large group of children with such a wide age span is a talent in and of itself!)"

Paulette Acord, Volunteer Coordinator

"We thank Rachel so much for visiting our patients and their families. Her songs were such a success with the kids. Even the children who are traditionally the quietest and most withdrawn enjoyed and even laughed during her time with them. The bedside visits were so successful and (the children) really perked up and smiled during her visit....We really appreciate her flexibility and skills when working with the children...."

Heidi Koerlin
Child Life Specialist, Children's Hospital & Research Center at Oakland

Ms. Sumner was outstanding in engaging the students who were at differing developmental levels. She incorporated curriculum standards with artistic expression. She accessed their creativity while directing their exploration of the work of art. She managed their behavior flawlessly. The students benefitted greatly.

Freya Larson, First Grade Teacher, Fall-Hamiliton Enhanced Option School

Thanks so much for a sparkling, bubbly, fun time with our children! You're an amazing treasure of talent, personality and imagination. I appreciate knowing that whenever you come, we can expect a program that is new, current, packed with great ideas, presented with lots of vitality, full of grace and care for children.

We look forward to return visits with you!

Dorothy Ballenger, Old Hickory Library

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