Letters of Recommendation

For Rachel's:

• Performances

• Educational Workshops
• Keynote Presentations

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,
                       Children's Librarian
Old Hickory Library
                      Old Hickory, Tennessee

Rachel Sumner is a local treasure for families with kids. Performer, writer, producer, with footprints in music, television and education, she creates content that is interactive, entertaining and full of heart.
Ginger Sands
Children's Entertainer
Nashville, Tennessee

Thank you for coming to the Children's Home/Chambliss Center 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
Chambliss Center for Children
Chattanooga, Tennessee

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
Rush-Henrietta School Age Child Care
Rochester, New York

The patients had a great time watching you perform, listening to your music, and having the opportunity to sing and play the instruments you brought with you. The impromptu bedside performance that you gave was a much needed pick-me-up for one young boy and his family. Their smiles showed just important music and laughter are in the healing process.
Cami Frickman
Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children
Vienna, Virginia

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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 benefited greatly.
Freya Larson, First Grade Teacher
Fall-Hamiliton Enhanced Option School
Nashville, Tennessee

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, Conference Coordinator
Memphis Association for Children's Early Education
Memphis, Tennessee

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
Oakland, California

Rachel has mastered the art of bringing out the innocence and exuberance from every member of her audience and she proves that childhood does not always have to be reserved only for the children.
Sharon Satterfield
Westview Newspaper
Nashville, Tennessee

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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, Children's Librarian
Old Hickory Library

Old Hickory, Tennessee

Rachel skillfully analyzes both needs and potential in any learning situation. Her artistic and academic knowledge, boundless creativity, and highly engaging delivery then produce exciting, effective experiences 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 Education
Nashville, Tennessee