Testimonials

 

“Your ability to engage and motivate often hard-to-reach clients combined with your capacity to create a safe, non-threatening environment, resulted in poetry that revealed more about some individuals than I was able to elicit in traditional settings over the past year.”  Donald J. Decker, CSW Mental Health Assoc. of NYC, Inc.

 “Our residents generally take on a rather cynical view of speakers and presenters . . . It is one thing to impart knowledge, it is quite another to truly inspire, to touch someone at the core of their being as you were able to do.”  Rashad Madyun, The Apostles’ House, NJ

“You were an absolute sensation with the students. You had their minds mesmerized during every one of your presentations . . . you were the first presenter to have two students on nearly every chair and all the standing room space filled as well.” J.J. Thomas, HS of Fashion Industries, NY

“On behalf of the students who were fortunate enough to attend your presentation, I want to thank you for giving them such an enriching opportunity. Your dynamic and charismatic presence electrified the classroom. Your philosophy was clear and one that students needed to hear.”  Arnold Goldstein, Benjamin N. Cardozo H.S., NY

 

“Our audience of students, staff and guests were in awe of your talent and are excited about using your literature in the classroom.”  Arlene O’Bryant, Campus Magnet High Schools, NY

“It was a pleasure to have you visit our classes and share with our students the need to set goals and directions for their lives. Your presentation was enlightening and inspiring. . . . The students are still talking about your presentation and how much they really enjoyed it.”  Emma Locklear, Townsend Middle School, NC

“Thank you so much for presenting at the 2002 Lumber River Youth Leadership Summit! The youth loved you and you were a pleasure to meet.”  Holly Hunt, Lumber River Council of Gov’ts, NC

I have shared this poetry with my family, friends and other teachers. Even my father enjoys it. I ordered thirty copies! Ms. McRae’s book is a powerful teaching tool for any classroom K through 12!                       Ms. Nykki Montecalvo,  4th Grade Teacher, P.73, NY

“Your positive motivational message reached our children in a way that I believe will have an everlasting impact upon them. . . . I thank you for the extraordinary presentation you gave to us . . .” Robert Brisbane,  Magnetech JHS 231, NY

“Ms. McRae was simply superb and a breath of fresh air. Her poetry was very positive and really touched the heart and moved the soul. The clients were influenced by her words of rhyme.” R. Robin,  Brooklyn Psychiatric Centers, Inc., NY

“Thank you so much for sharing your love of poetry, creativity and infectious vivacious personality with the students of 256Q. Your involvement in all three of our residential high school sites was a wonderful addition to our curriculum. The students created poetry that was both insightful, and inspiring.”  Ellen Kaplan, A.P., NYC Board of Education

“Thank you for allowing me to view the videotape of your recent performance. I enjoyed it so much, I had to play it through twice.” Monique Fleming Berg, Black Community Arts, Cranbury, NJ

“Thank you for coming to our class on Friday. I enjoyed your performance. I especially enjoyed the way you free-styled it off the top of your head.”  Gilbert Alabre, 8th Grade Student, NY

“I liked the way you were free-styling. It was ill. I liked the poetry, too. You taught me to reach for positive goals. I learned the right way to achieve my dreams.”  Michael Thomson,  8th Grade Student, NY

“… So, I guess all that I can say for now is to stay as strong as you are because you are such a positive influence.”  Marcia Rahaman,  11th Grade Student, NY

“I knew what I wanted to happen in my life. I simply lost the ability to believe … until we talked last Saturday. Thank you for renewing my faith that all things are possible.”  Yvonne Anderson, Radio Host, Greensboro, NC

“I thought this program was very helpful. I think that Ms. Renée was very committed to helping us create poems that give us insight into who we are as people. I love making poems with Ms. Renee”
Clodine Lebrun – 7th Grade

“Having Ms. Renée’s program was a true learning experience. Ms. Renée is an inspiring, empowering, motivating and caring woman that helps you think about life. I will never forget her “get out of success free card.” I believe that I wouldn’t have any clue what I was going to do with my life. It’s because of her determination and passion that has opened my eyes to realize that I want to help people feel good about themselves emotionally and mentally. Her program has really changed my life forever and I will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Quentin Price – 6th Grade

Ms. Renée, you are a good teacher. You make it fun and teach us life lessons. It’s a shame that you are leaving. You have helped me get to reach my goals by giving advice.”
Erroll Khan – 6th Grade

“I enjoyed the lessons taught by Ms. Renée because she allowed me to explore my mind. Ms. Renée is an excellent teacher and poet who inspired me greatly.”
Christopher Beharry – 6th Grade

“I like the poetry program because it helped me to express my thoughts and my feelings. In my class I am very nervous to answer questions, but in poetry I can write what I would like to say. I wish that in the future, poetry will be a part of my school life.”
Lucas Neira – 6th Grade

“They say first impressions are important. Well, what they say is true. As soon as Ms. Renée stepped into the room, the spotlight was on her. She started rapping all over the place. Then when she started to teach us about different kinds of poems and we got to do our own poems, that program was very magical to me. I enjoyed every moment of it. I hope to get the program again.”
Emmily Margan – 6th Grade

“Having Ms. Renée come to my school has been a great experience and a beautiful opportunity. I would like to thank Ms. Renée for coming to my school and teaching me to write poems and teaching me to go after my dreams.”
Alegra Gibbs – 7th Grade

“I really enjoyed having Ms. Renée coming here to work with our class. I really enjoyed doing this and getting a chance to express myself through my writing. If I was able to do this again, I would.”
Leilani Ross-Graham – 7th Grade

“Ms. Renée is really awesome!! Getting new inspiration each class with a quote … Her nice rhymes making everyone laugh … You’re my inspiration Ms. Renée . Your presence makes me smile before you tell us a childhood story. Thank you for being a part of my life.”
Yulraea Price – 6th Grade

“I think that this program with Ms. Renée influences me even more to become successful. I didn’t really know I had a poetic side to me, but with Ms. Renée being here I got in touch with that side of me and created awesome poems. Usually when I write poems they aren’t good but when I started to have Ms. Renée they became more mature and official.”
Tiara Williams – 6th Grade

“Ms. Renée’s class was fun. It helped me advance in rhymes. I had fun learning poetry all thanks to Ms. Renée. Now my poems are better. Thank You!”

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Catherine Williams – 6th Grade

“I loved this year’s poetry class because Ms. Renée is very nice and I also met a new me. A poetic me. A happy me.”
Bryan Munoz – 6th grade

“Ms. Renée was great. She really connected with the students and they really enjoyed the class. The students could be creative and write what they felt. Ms. Renée used a quote each time as a basis that the students could relate to. I think the students also learned new things about themselves. Thanks Ms. Renée.”   Ms. Bleiweiss – 7th Grade

“The poetry program was excellent. It helped the students to express themselves using their words and feelings. My two boys were able to express their thoughts with a little help from me. I think this program even helped those students who do not talk much because they are afraid of how other students will react. I think it also helped the readers of their poems to know more about each student in the class.”
Ms. Speare – 7th Grade

“Dear Ms. Renée, We thank you for not only bringing poetry to life for each of us, but also for the poetic inspiration you brought to our class. We appreciate that you motivated the poets in each of us! Thanks again.”   Ms. Carballo – 6th Grade

“Much thanks to Mrs. McRae for taking on the challenge of working with my culturally and linguistically diverse students. It was surely a pleasure observing this creative process. I can truly say Class 704 benefited from engaging in this program. Each week they eagerly anticipated their motivational poetry sessions and were able to encourage and motivate themselves as well as their peers through the forum of literary expression.”   Ms. Hunter – 7th Grade

“Thank you, Ms. Renée, for the wonderful experience. I feel like a poet now. It was great to meet you, and I hope to see you again.”
Lasangra Aarons – 7th Grade

Thank you, Ms. Renée. You are an awesome person, and thank you for giving us the break to have fun and express our feelings …”
Sunny Hardyel – 7th Grade

“I enjoyed working with Ms. Renée because it was a fun program. I was inspired by the way she wrote her poems and read her poems as well as writing poems with her.”
Naveeta Bacchus – 7th Grade

“… It opened my mind up to new opportunities and new way to express myself.” Tiffany Fleitchman – 7th Grade

“The poetry program was very interesting because I learned how to express my feelings and my thoughts. I do not like to raise my hand in class because I am afraid of saying the wrong thing.”
Aon Thompson, Jr. – 7th Grade

“What I thought about this program was that I learned how to write poems about my future or about myself. Ms. Renée helped us a lot to think about how life really is. I really liked this program.”
Catherine Agudo – 7th Grade

“Before Ms. Renée started teaching my class and I poetry, I wasn’t really interested in poetry and writing poems. After a few lessons, I started to change my feelings about poetry. I learned that there was more to poetry than writing poems. You have to have commitment and passion. I think this program has really helped me learn more about poetry and I recommend that many other students should try this program because it would be very helpful.”                                   Bhojranie Brahmanand – 7th Grade

“During the time Ms. Renée was here we had to write poems based on ourselves. My poem, ‘You Think You Know Me,’ represents me and what I think.”   Ketia Newell – 7th Grade

“I loved this program because it had to do with Poetry, and I love Poetry because it lets me express myself in unknown ways.”
Oseah Campbell – 6th Grade

Ms. Renée, you are an amazing poet. You have great rhyming skills – you make writing poems fun.”   Rohan Ramotar – 6th Grade

“I feel like the poetry program was helpful in expressing my feelings through poetry with Ms. Renée’s help. I hope we can have the poetry program again. I love you, Ms. Renée!”   Reinalyn Dimapilis – 6th Grade

“I feel that the poetry program was really wonderful. We enjoyed learning about different types of poetry and I can’t wait to be a published author. I really loved this program. Ms. Renée was an amazing teacher.”   Gurleen Kaur – 6th Grade

“In my opinion the poetry program was a great experience. I learned a lot about the different types of poems and we listened to poems made by other people. Ms. Renée made learning about poetry fun. The type of poem I liked the best was the Limerick. I enjoyed the time we had with Ms. Renée.”   Naela Comer – 6th Grade

“My opinion on Ms. Renée’s class is I enjoyed it. This poetry program made me think deeply. I expressed all of my feelings. It made me realize mo other talent is to write poetry. Maybe I could be a poet when I grow up. However, this wouldn’t be possible without Ms. Renée. All I have to say is Ms. Renée is a friendly and creative teacher.”Anglique Beharry – 6th Grade

“I feel like Ms. Renée’s poetry program was a fun learning experience. The activities that me and the rest of the class did was informational. It also provided tips on life and how to keep going for your dreams and not to stop.”   Raven Fothergill – 6th Grade

“In this program with Ms. Renée, I loved it. It taught us that if we want to be successful, you have to work hard for it. Also I learned that if you want to be successful, speak up.” Kayla Grant – 6th Grade

“I really enjoyed this program! I loved learning with Ms. Renée! I have learned about different ypes of poems. I hope I could have Ms. Renée longer! Each day we discussed a quote that was given to us by Ms. Renée. By doing that I learned a lot.”   Amandip Kaur – 6th Grade