Letters of Recommendation:
“Mrs. Kate weaves storytelling, environmental studies and kindness through her artful gift of song. It is through her music that my students commit to serving as humanitarians while respecting the world around them. There have been few artists who are able to accomplish this much through the art of entertainment but Mrs. Kate come through every time!”
Paula Renfro, Principal, John E. Ford Elementary School, Jacksonville, FL
FROM AMERICAN HERITAGE SCHOOL IN BOCA RATON, FL.
Ms. Kate was a fabulous experience for the students at American Heritage. She taught the children about Florida wildlife, protecting the environment and being kind all through song. The students were engaged and enjoyed every minute.
Randi Licht, National Board Certified Teacher, PreK-K Team Leader
FROM SUWANNEE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN LIVE OAK, FL
“Her enthusiasm spread quickly throughout the audience of 2nd and 3rd graders. She got the students involved with singing and body movements. Her songs were presented in a fun way, yet all had a deep character-building theme. Mrs. Kate performed in a room with over 350 students at a time and kept them all captivated from the first moment. We have had several performers at our school over the past years and Mrs. Kate is, by far, one of the best! I would highly recommend Mrs. Kate for any school function. Her energy-packed performances will thrill her audiences.” Tammy Michal, Music Teacher
FROM PORT ST. JOE ELEMENTARY
"It was our privilege to host "Mrs. Kate for 2 performances. Her interactive show supported the positive traits that are emphasized in our school's character education program, while entertaining the students with music, storytelling, and environmental messages. Mrs. Kate's passion for inspiring children to choose to do the right thing was clearly communicated through her dynamic interaction with our boys and girls.” DeEtta Smallwood, Guidance Counselor
FROM ATLANTIC BEACH ELEMENTARY
"Mrs. Kate really does motivate! She had all of our students actively involved in the show and they loved her excitement. Students went home with a better understanding of how to be a good friend to others and learned about animals in Florida too. Parents told me their kids were so excited and came home sharing the songs and movements. Teachers enjoy integrating the puppets with stories. The children love using the thunder tube and rainstick along with the 'Florida Rain' song. I would recommend this show to any school or group that wants to deliver positive messages to students through music."
Corrie Inman, Teacher of the Gifted
"We retained Mrs. Kate our lead performer for Spring Arts Day at Atlantic Beach Elementary and boy, did she deliver! Mrs. Kate performed original songs that she wrote about Florida. Mrs. Kate engaged the audience as the show was participative, with several students taking part as action leaders. Mrs. Kate's songs were relevant and catchy, while sending positive messages to the children. Students and parents alike enjoyed the music, which was reflected in her CD orders from the school. My daughters enjoy listening to Mrs. Kate’s CDs on their way to school every day. I am so thrilled that Mrs. Kate's presence at our school was possible. My girls learned to appreciate a talented local artist and their new home state of Florida, while receiving positive character-building messages. I would love to see Mrs. Kate perform in every school possible in the state so that each student can benefit as my daughter and our school has as well." Amy J. Holmes, Cultural Arts Chair
FROM ATLANTIC ELEMENTARY IN FERNANDINA BEACH
"Mrs. Kate is not only a musician; she is an educator as well. She composes and performs music that correlates with the New Generation Sunshine State Standards. The music appeals to students of all ages. The curriculum integrations that she includes in her programs are language arts, science, math, social studies as well as music. She is willing to include songs and integrations requested by the presenter." Sheryl Harper, Music Teacher
FROM BOCA INTERNATIONAL PREP SCHOOL
"Mrs. Carpenter has such personality and charisma that even the least musical child was soon foot-tapping, dancing and singing along to the melodies and choruses. She picks students to be on stage with her, offering them the possibility of leadership roles (which they love) and the interactive concert allows all children to express ideas, emotions, and talents. It is far more than a musical concert, as the students become a part of the presentation through acting, singing and dancing. As such, her presentation involves many areas of a school's traditional curriculum and would be a great example of "education without frontiers." The central theme should also be seen as an essential study topic in every Floridian school, namely the globally important Everglades and its associated fauna and flora." Mr. Graham Hurrell, Headmaster
FROM KINGSWAY ELEMENTARY IN PORT CHARLOTTE:
Our school had the pleasure of hosting Mrs. Kate for our 3rd and 4th graders. The show is full of Florida-themed songs, all written by Mrs. Kate. She really draws the audience in with her music, stories and message. The children were eager to participate. The show is motivational. It encourages students to read, stay in school, be kind to others and say no to drugs. The songs are based on subject matter which is unique to Florida. I even learned the name of a very special Florida bird which I have often admired. Students, parents and teachers alike found themselves singing along and doing the motions of the songs. I have heard classes singing the songs in the lunchroom. I would recommend Mrs. Kate's show to any school. She is a pleasure to work with. We certainly look forward to her return. Mary Kathryn Waldrop, Curriculum Resource Teacher
FROM MERRILL ROAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
"Motivate with Mrs. Kate" kept the students totally enthused and engaged for the entirety of the performance. In addition, they learned a great deal about Florida and its wildlife, while hearing of the importance of research and lifelong reading. Mrs. Kate captivated the adult and student audiences with stories and songs such as "Crack a Book," "Coon in the Can," "Florida Rain," and "Anhinga." I wholeheartedly recommend Mrs. Kate Carpenter as someone who shares unforgettable and meaningful information and is an inspiration to students." Janet Heartsill, School Standards Coach
FROM TIMUCUAN ELEMENTARY IN JACKSONVILLE, FL
"If you are looking for a way to engage your children and promote positive character traits, then you need Mrs. Kate! She is energetic, entertaining and educational. A combination of storytelling and inspiring music will keep your foot tapping through the entire program.Mrs. Kate has performed several quality shows at Timucuan Elementary. She touches children and adults of all ages with her powerful messages. The Florida Family Folksongs are educational and a wonderful tribute to our Sunshine State. Her Motivate with Mrs. Kate CD also emphasizes the importance of positive choices and character traits.Be sure to provide your students with the powerful messages and stories that can only be shared by Mrs. Kate. Not only will you have a great time, but you will also bring your students the joy, excitement, and educational experience of a lifetime. And don't forget to purchase a CD, so you and your students can continue to enjoy her music." Kimberly Harrison, Principal
FROM ODYSSEY CHARTER SCHOOL IN PALM BAY, FL
"You helped to enrich and reinforce classroom lessons on "wise-skills" (character-building) and responsible citizenship. Your music encouraged and engaged everyone to be kind, respectful, work hard in school, and practice self-control. Approaching these lessons via music allowed students of diverse learning styles to embrace and internalize these messages more fully. Several teachers were so impressed with your concert that they purchased your CD's for the classroom. For weeks following your visit, I would hear students humming and singing your songs in the hallways. Even 3 months after your visit, your songs were still playing in our classrooms.Your energy, humor and musical poetry kept everyone's attention riveted to the stage. Adding our own students and teachers to the show had us all smiling, laughing, chanting and cheering. The musical antics and imagery of mimicking raccoons breaking into trash cans, creating rain falling gently from the sky, seeing anhingas drying their wings are memories that will last in our hearts and minds. Thank you so much for providing a FUN musical avenue to capture the imagination of children and help them to learn and grow in ways that are positive and beneficial to our planet, our school, our personal lives and our community. I hope you can return to our school every year."
Dr. Jane Martin, Special Events Coordinator, Science Educator
FROM FT. McCOY SCHOOL
"The students thoroughly enjoyed the show, which was interactive and educational. Students were excited and many were heard singing the songs after the show had ended. The teachers commented that they felt the shows were a perfect follow-up to testing because they allowed the children to have fun, but maintained the educational momentum of the school year. I would recommend Mrs. Kate's show to any elementary school looking for a fun way to get their students interested in reading.
Mitzi Smith, Administrative Assistant
FROM BRONSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
"Mrs. Kate was superb with both groups of children. Her music was upbeat and educational. She invited audience participation and kept attention and enthusiasm up. Our students were able to relate to the Florida and child's view themes of the songs. Mrs. Kate was also very professional in handling the business end of the program. I found her easy to work with. I highly recommend her to other elementary schools. Her style of music and charismatic performances kept the children entertained while teaching them too." Deborah Manasala, Art Teacher
FROM INTERLACHEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL:
"She was tremendously enthusiastic throughout all five 45 minute performances. She encouraged student participation by having each performance geared to the grade level of the group and by keeping the students actively engaged during the entire performance. Many of Kate's songs and stories covered social skills that we stress within the school environment. Some of the skills were good line behavior, being nice to others, cleaning up after yourself, saying no to drugs, finishing what you start, staying in school, and truthfulness. She also performed songs that encouraged library use, reading and family values."
Esther Simmons, Media Specialist, Interlachen Elementary, Interlachen, FL
MOTIVATE WITH MRS KATE
Students are inspired to treat others with kindness and respect.
Cheerful attitudes, good manners, truthfulness, determination,
teamwork, orderliness and self-control are emphasized.
Graduation from high school and a strong work ethic are
STAMP OUT BULLYING
Positive, true stories come to life as Mrs. Kate teaches students the value of considerate and friendly behavior. Proper line conduct, courtesy, and cooperative teamwork are instilled as the children interact with Mrs. Kate and her puppets. Everyone is rockin’ to Hug-a-Bug-a-Boo at the conclusion of this one-hour show.
FLORIDA FAMILY FOLKSONGS
A musical journey through the Sunshine State, with interactive songs about Florida birds, weather, swamp critters, ecology and more! A strong message about saying no to littering and yes to recycling advocates environmental stewardship.
Mrs. Kate motivates students to turn off the TV and read good books. Students will understand how reading builds vocabulary and brain power, while improving writing and thinking skills. Inspires a love for research and reading as a family and individual activity.
Ideal for Red Ribbon Week, Mrs. Kate motivates students to say no to drugs and yes to healthy choices. Students learn difference between prescription and illegal drugs. Listening to the voice of your conscience and choosing friends wisely are emphasized. Hugs are better than drugs! (For a detailed description of this show, click here.)
MIND YOUR MANNERS WITH MRS. KATE
Habit the Rabbit Puppet teams up with Mrs. Kate to teach youngsters proper manners in this hour-long, interactive show. Politeness at mealtimes, cell phone etiquette, and communication courtesy are taught in this humorous, memorable presentation.
BI-LINGUAL AND MULTI-CULTURAL SHOWS
“Mrs. Kate” holds a B.A. in Spanish from Michigan State University and has traveled extensively. She will be happy to
integrate Spanish language into any show at your request. Multi-cultural stories are a part of her fascinating repertoire.