“Glenda has done summer reading programs for me before and they have always been a real hit. But, the Chautauqua of Dusty Vail she performed for our Arizona Centennial celebration was a new experience for most of the audience. From the adults to the preschoolers, everyone was completely engrossed in the stories. The kinds of questions the kids asked afterwards showed how much they understood and were intrigued by Dusty's experiences. Now our students want to take a field trip to the Empire Ranch to see where Dusty lived.”
Marian Baker Gierlach
Branch Manager, Alice Woods/Sunizona Library and
Ash Creek School librarian
"Glenda has more than forty school residencies to her credit - teaching the art of storytelling and performance skills to students in grades K through 8. Her residencies always address the needs and interests of each school she serves. Residencies include: core learning experiences, grade-level collaboration, active student participation/performance, and teacher in-services."
"She has told stories, provided workshops and coordinated other performers to appear at a variety of venues around the country. This list includes: 4 festivals, 3 conferences, 80+ libraries, 45 schools (K-12), 3 colleges, 3 museums, 2 historic sites, 2 arboretums, 5 summer camps, 8 bookstores, 5 community centers, 3 churches, 9 assisted living/memory care sites, and 10 special events."
“Thank you for enabling the students to creatively express themselves and show more confidence in their presentations. Your storytelling ability is superb!”
Nancy Cherry, Teacher
John Jacobs Elementary School
“Glenda Bonin recently spent an entire day with the students and staff at Fulton Elementary School. I'm not sure whether to refer to her as an artist or a teacher, for she entertained and informed the students with skill and grace. We invited her to Fulton to help us celebrate our Literacy Week: but the effects of her time with us have already inspired our students for much longer than seven days.”
Jeanie Sanders, Teacher/Librarian
Fulton Elementary School
"Glenda is an accomplished teacher and performer. For the past thirty-five years, she has presented shows and worked with children, families, students (k-12), people with special needs, adults, business groups, seniors and older elders."
"So far, her work has taken her to thirteen states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, Pennsylvania. Tennessee, Utah, Washington and Wyoming."
"It was nice to see them laugh so much. It is a rare time when they are all so focused on the same thing at the same time, especially some of those with more severe dementia."
Fairmount Assisted Living and Memory Care
"Glenda is a gifted performer, and I have been immensely impressed with her sensitivity to her audience. She is always concerned about striking the right tone with storytelling as a way to reach adults."
Sandra D. Shattuck, PhD
“She stimulated interest and showed teachers how to use storytelling in the classroom not only to get their students interested in the content, but to provide students with much needed background knowledge so that they may effectively learn the content.”
Cynthia Neuzil, Director of Curriculum and
Professional Development Bullhead City (AZ) Elementary School District
"In her work as a storyteller, Glenda has been known to call on other talents and skills she has mastered over the years: puppetry, magic, tangrams, mask making, play writing and theater techniques."
"Any facility working with Glenda can benefit immensely by observing how residents respond to Glenda’s sessions."
Sandra D. Shattuck, PhD
“Glenda has many talents, not the least is demonstrating a caring for each student.“
Lynn Wilson, Literacy Specialist
Gilbert Magnet Elementary School
Las Vegas, NV