TESTIMONIALS & LOVE LETTERS
Good evening, Paddy. Please accept my sincere thanks on behalf of our community members for such a stirring portrayal of Emily Dickinson this afternoon. Here's just a few comments from our "Tell Us More..." cards:
Paddy Lynn was excellent. Great actress.
enjoyed how she made us feel like she was truly talking to us
GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRIC
"... Your enthusiasm is infectious and it is clear that you have researched the Oregon Trail experience well. I really liked the interactive portions of your program during and following the portrayal. I received so many positive comments about your program, and I trust they made their way to you as well? I have already been encouraged to engage you for one of your other programs in the near future. ...."
THE MIDWESTERN ANTIQUES CLUB
"Thank you for the Halloween Happenings program you did for us last week. The parents and their children raved about your performance. We heard nothing but great things. Everyone appreciated the show. ..."
PROSPECT HEIGHTS PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
Prospect Heights, IL
"... Paddy Lynn's delivery was incredibly engaging and it was the first assembly that I can remember actually being upset when it was over. Many of the students shared these sentiments as "Aww's" and other sighs were heard as we announced it was time to leave. As I received responses back from staff members, all of the evaluations came back "superb" and "please invite back". ... Paddy Lynn is an incredibly engaging and effective speaker and educator. Her message of linking literature to the state standards was evident and her love for the art of literature rang true in her entire presentation.
I would highly suggest Paddy Lynn to any elementary school looking for an engaging and worthwhile assembly linking the love of literature and drama to our state curriculum."
JOHN MIDDLETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
"By way of parent feedback, I just wanted to say I was super impressed with this class (Animal Acting)! The instructor is clearly very talented at drama and also at engaging young children. Would definitely recommend you keep this going at the PD. ..."
RIVER FOREST PARK DISTRICT
River Forest, IL
"A Big humungous THANK YOU! I just wanted to tell you how much I thank you for making M.'s 5th birthday such a great experience. You are absolutely wonderful to work with! ... I know that the kids were starstruck to see you. It's almost as if they've met Santa... the real one! Thank you so much for feeding their imagination! I will definitely keep you in mind in the future and will be eager to share with others how pleased we were with our experience."
Birthday Party Girl's Parent
"Thank you for your wonderful program. The kids who came really enjoyed being a part of all the different stories you told. Your energy and creativity are boundless! We love having you here and we look forward to having you again in the future. ..."
GRAYSLAKE AREA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
"Your presentation had such energy and enthusiasm that we believe you really captivated this young audience."
WESTGATE PTA, K. MONNICH & L. OLSON
Arlington Heights, IL
ST MATTHEW'S LUTHERAN SCHOOL
Hawthorn Woods, IL
"I can't tell you how many compliments I received about your presentations. I was so impressed with you that I decided to ask you to perform at nine schools for our summer school program."
JOLIET PUBLIC SCHOOLS, C. PACKARD, RESOURCE SPECIALIST
"I absolutely LOVE this assembly! The kids are so involved and the manner in which you present the stories is so entertaining. Perfect for 1st Grade. I hope you return every year."
LEGGEE ELEMENTARY, 1ST GRADE TEACHER
"After experiencing Paddy's program, the children seem to remember the stories clearer and can access their knowledge of the sequence of the story better. Our kindergarten/parent literacy nights thoroughly enjoy Paddy's presentations. We would not hesitate to invite her year after year as we have for 7 years now."
HAWTHORN KINDERGARTEN, L. BAEZ PRINCIPAL
Vernon Hills, IL
"I wish every assembly that was presented during the year could be at such a high quality as this one was."
ROGUS ELEMENTARY, TEACHER
"Paddy's energy, enthusiasm, and love for storytelling and acting are evident in her program. The kids are energized, laughing, singing, and encouraged to listen because they need to respond to the open ended ditties, rhymes, etc. that she uses. Paddy creates a learning atmosphere in a non-threatening manner and the kids clamor to participate."
TINLEY PARK LIBRARY, P. DEITERS, CHILDREN'S LIBRARIAN
Tinley Park, IL
"It is so fun to watch you do what you love :) Thank you for being part of Swedish Days again this year!..."
"We really appreciate Paddy Lynn... the amazing talent she has to story tell engages not only children but adults also. ..."
GENEVA PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
"... She always arrives promptly and is genuinely happy to be here. I have hired Paddy Lynn on two occasions to work with our home school group. The children and parents enjoy participating in her fun, educational and interactive story acting presentations. ... her program earned rave revues. ... She interacts with everyone in a positive and upbeat manner. ..."
CHERRY VALLEY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT
Cherry Valley, IL
"I have known Paddy Lynn since 1996. She has performed storytelling for our first, second, third and fourth grade students for many years. Paddy's skill at storytelling is wonderful. ...
Paddy tailors each storytelling presentation to her audience. ... When she is in character, her skill in presentation takes you into the life of the character and you believe you are actually listening to that character.
I highly recommend Paddy Lynn as a storyteller for a school or other educational purpose. She has provided many enjoyable and captivating times for our students and staff when sharing folk tales, Native American tales, historical accounts, and classic children's stories. ... she is also a wonderful person to have the opportunity to know. ... "
HAWTHORN ELEMENTARY S. SCHOOL - Karen B. Cencula, Principal
Vernon Hills, IL
"... Without prior knowledge of Ms. Lynn's work, we were not sure what to expect. However, when we saw her performance of Emily Dickinson's life and poetry, we were thrilled to have had the opportunity to have her here. Her performance was outstanding, student feedback was phenomenal, and students and teachers were mesmerized. One student commented, "I liked how real the actor made Emily."...."
NEUQUA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL - Gillian Schneider, English Instructor
"... Paddy has a wonderful presence with children and a true love and respect for their individuality. She is creative and inspiring to watch. Whether it is STONE SOUP or THE GINGERBREAD GIRL, children are attentive to the story. She is high energy throughout her program and this draws her audience into her presentation. Her program is a wonderful addition to any school. ..."
FIRST UNITED METHODIST PRESCHOOL - Jan O'Brien, Director
Crystal Lake, IL
"... Paddy is a very devoted teacher and storyteller and strives to provide a stimulating and well-rounded program. She creates an exciting environment for the children. She interacts with both children and adults and engages them throughout the entire program. She is organized and communicates well with myself in a timely manner. ..."
SALEM METHODIST PRESCHOOL - Cindy Schaefer, Director
"... I have observed portions of Paddy's instructions (4-day drama workshop), and I am consistently impressed with her ability to manage groups of energetic children. Her expertise in drama instruction is evident.
Paddy is corteous, organized, and professional. The scheduling process is efficient, and she arrives promptly. She is flexible and willing to cater a program to the age and space requirements. ..."
SCHAUMBURG TOWNSHIP DIST. LIBRARY - Allison Bies, Youth S. P. Coordinator
"... LETTERS FROM THE OREGON TRAIL was a true success! Thanks for bringing our curriculum to life."
RAVINIA SCHOOL - Guy Schumacher, Principal
Highland Park, IL
"... Whatever the program, Paddy Lynn's talent and professionalism stand out above other performers. Her devotion to her craft and dedication to children is evident in every aspect of her work."
CHARLES QUENTIN ELEMENTARY - Linda Fortino, Children's Librarian