"You are one of the most understanding, kind, patient and humble people I know. You are the motherly figure that so many need, but you stand up for yourself and others, and in that way, you have gained so much respect from everyone. You have put in so many hours and so much effort to this choir department and I am so grateful to you for that. Whenever I was having a bad day, when I came into choir and saw you smiling, it made me smile too." - Sophomore girl
"Sure, there are authority figures in my life who make a positive difference, but none so much as you. Not only have you in fact literally shaped my calling voice, but you have done so in another way as well; you have changed me into a more caring, compassionate, aware, sensitive, and good person. Our choir department has grown exponentially under your care (in more ways than just size). You created a place where kids of every area of life can come and feel perfectly equal. Skaters, hipsters, video gamers, mathematicians, theater performers, chemists, jocks, artist, historians, writers, EVERYONE was exactly the same in your choirs."
"During the beginning of high school, I didn't even know what keys were, or how to find "do" during sight reading. But through your teaching, I was able to understand music more and more. Eventually I even retaught myself how to plan the piano. And taking your intro to guitar class made me learn even more about the instrument. Wow! Two instruments in one year!" - Sophomore girl
"You have taught me and helped me find my calling voice. With your encouragement and skills as a teacher, you made me realize more about myself and what I'm capable of. Choir was always challenging, but you were always there to lead us on." - Junior boy
"Your classes have saved my life more times than I can count. You gave me something that I can always improve at, a gift that never ends." - Senior boy