Testimonials 2018-02-17T08:35:42+00:00

Boasting more superlatives from school administrators than anything else in the US

Our BEST testimonials are on the home page >here<. This page has a sampling of additional testimonials that have come in over time.

“I got the most glowing reports from teachers at all the shows you did. Here is the enthusiastic K-2 feedback:
‘Anyone who can keep the attention of a couple hundred 5 – 7 years olds for 45 minutes is worth every penny. It was so amazing to see how you kept them engaged throughout the entire performance. We loved to see our students laughing, singing, and dancing and on top of it all…learning to love poetry.
What an incredible experience for us all!
We were hesitant to have a parent program due to lack of funds and interest in the past. However, the students went home and dragged their parents to the night program… just like you said they would. We had a great turn-out and everyone left with a smile and a new-found appreciation for poetry. Thanks for bringing a fun, contagious appreciation for poetry into our school environment! We hope to have you back soon! THANK YOU!”
Kellie Ruggles     Reading Specialist      Ruggles Lane Elementary      Barre, MA

“Thank you so much for the truly remarkable show. I have no doubt that I could write a nicely worded, long, drawn-out appreciative thank you letter. But it would by no means illustrate how truly captivated the students at RMMS were with your show. So I will simply quote a student who said it best “You Rock!”. From the mouth of babes, Jeff you were sensational. Thank you ever so much!”
Kristine O. Murray     Media Enrichment Specialist     Richard Maghakian Memorial School        Brookline, NH

“Your program was truly wonderful. The students were engaged and incredibly interested in your presentation. They were with you for the entire program. The fact that you had such a diverse presentation meant that they were entertained and they were challenged to participate. I thought your demonstration was refreshing and fun. You embedded the educational skills within a spirited delivery. Thank you for your energy. I appreciate your effort and time.”
Karen Kosko      Media Specialist      The Haggerty School Library      Cambridge, MA

“…I want to thank you again for your outstanding presentation at our school. I really enjoyed watching how you brought poetry to life. The children were enthralled with your mannerisms and slapstick humor. I have heard nothing but positive comments from students, staff, and parents. … Please feel free to use me as a reference.”
Marian Hourigan      Principal      Thomas Hooker School      Meriden, CT

“Jeff Nathan’s appearance at our school truly inspired teachers and students alike. His use of humor, song, and drama help to “catch” and “capture” the students’ interest in both reading and writing poetry. We are looking forward to making poetry a part of our everyday school life here at the JFK.”
Kim-Marie Fudge     Reading Specialist     John F. Kennedy Elementary School     Billerica, Ma

“Jeff Nathan’s appearance at our school truly inspired teachers and students alike. His use of humor, song, and drama help to “catch” and “capture” the students’ interest in both reading and writing poetry. We are looking forward to making poetry a part of our everyday school life here at the JFK.”
Kim-Marie Fudge     Reading Specialist     John F. Kennedy Elementary School     Billerica, Ma

“At our last PTO meeting, parents said their children came home and wrote pages of poetry, even books after your presentation. We are always happy when children talk about the programs they saw at school at home and even more impressed when the subject matter carries over to free time. Thanks again for a wonderful visit.”
Sarah Robinson      PTO Enrichment Coordinator      Page Elementary School      West Newbury, MA

“I want to thank you for a wonderful performance last week. It was the best that we have ever had. The students and staff are still raving about it. They all had a great time and the students didn’t even realize they were learning. I’m sure Ste Jeanne d’Arc would love to have you back. The entire experience, from beginning to end, was professional and well organized. …”

Susan Warnke      Library Media Specialist      Ste Jeanne d’Arc School      Lowell, MA

“Jeff thoroughly engaged the students, using a variety of audiovisual media, ranging from acoustic guitar to colorful costumes to cleverly designed powerpoint presentations. His talent as an author, entertainer, and a songwriter brings together a multiplicity of art forms in a very worthwhile, instructive manner. Students become active listeners and participate in the analysis and usage of excellent reading and writing techniques.”
Anna Marie MacDonnell, PhD      Grade 4 Teacher      McGuire Elementary School      N. Providence, RI

“In their written reviews of our Author Day, the children raved about Jeff’s ‘awesome poems’ and ‘great guitar playing,’ and praised him as ‘super hilarious’ and ‘so, so funny.’ As one child wrote, quite simply, ‘He rocks.’ I really knew that Jeff’s presentation hit home when one student used similes in her review, writing: ‘Jeff Nathan is as nice as a kitten’ and ‘as clumsy as an elephant’ (referencing how he fell to the ground to animate his lesson on similes!). A [student]summed up the sentiments of the Webster Middle School community: ‘Jeff is an awesome poetry writer!’”
Constance Marr     Library Media Specialist     Webster Middle School     Webster, MA

“Jeff Nathan was able to teach a simple structure for writing poetry which evoked great enthusiasm from the students. Students of all abilities were able to write a poem using his techniques. He brought in the elements of poetry and mixed them in with fun and learning.”
Pat Kalicki      6th grade Teacher      Norton Middle School      Norton, MA

I thought Jeff Nathan was great. He was entertaining and informative. The kids really liked him too. I loved how he worked curriculum into his program – especially how to find the main idea, and similes and metaphors.

Sheila Carroll     6th grade teacher     Webster Middle School     Webster, MA

“Jeff was a pleasure to have at our school. The students thoroughly enjoyed his poetry and the time he took to personalize each book. We even ordered extra copies of his books for the school and town libraries to handle the waiting list of students in line to check them out. We look forward to more humorous PunOETRY from Jeff Nathan!”
Kathy Overington      PTSA President      Germantown Central School      Germantown, NY

“I can honestly say that this was one of the best assemblies that we have had in recent years…Jeff was here for the whole day and was well worth the reasonable fee he charged. He did three separate group assemblies for different age groups and also visited three fourth grade classes. The group assemblies were very age appropriate and humorous. He talked about the elements of poetry, ideas to begin the writing process, and specific elements like similes and metaphors. I highly recommend you consider hiring Jeff Nathan to do an assembly at your school…”
Jenifer Bell      Grade 4 Teacher and PTG President       Rindge Memorial School      Rindge, NH

“It was such pleasure to hear the likes of similes and metaphors discussed in an atmosphere of laughter and enchantment. Yes, they may appear on the MCAS and they are certainly drilled in the classroom, but practical application in the context of humor and verse made them real and worth knowing about. As well, we may teach about the multiple meanings of words but the fourth and fifth graders viewed them in a new light when accompanied by your clever PunOETRY and illustrations. … Thank you for instructing and entertaining the Oaklandvale students and teachers.”
Kathleen M. Stanton      Principal      Oaklandvale Elementary School      Saugus, MA

“Jeff Nathan really connected to the students and presented his joy of poetry to a very engaged group of 1st and 2nd graders. We had a very positive experience. One child described the program as ”his best day ever in first grade.”
Rosemary Mastropietro     Grade 1 Teacher     Mary K. Goode Elementary School     Middleborough, MA

“Mr. Nathan’s assembly was educational and entertaining. It is a great way to get across poetry curricula in a way the children love. This was our second year in a row having “Sherlock Poems” at our school. The students, staff and administration were thrilled to have him return!
Kim Turnberg     Gifted and Talented Teacher Grades 3-5     Mountain View Elementary School      East Longmeadow, MA

“- It was interactive which kept students attention and interest.
– Poems were fun
– I can’t wait to purchase some books!”

Dana Trottier Grade 1 Teacher Mary K. Goode Elementary School Middleborough, MA

“What a fun way to present poetry to children.”
Katherine Upton     Grade 1 Teacher     Mary K. Goode Elementary School     Middleborough, MA