What my coaching clients say:
Energetic, creative, happy, friendly, thoughtful, fun, compassionate, understanding, encouraging, chill, caring, goofy, positive, happy, cozy, smart, patient, hardworking, helpful.”
~ 9th-12th grade clients, when asked to describe me in 3 words
You really help to keep my daughter accountable. She has definitely grown into a wonderful young woman. She and I also have a warm and loving relationship which we would not have if I had tried to “help” her myself with all her issues. I know she would agree that it is nice having me as her Mother and not as her Drill Sergeant, so I thank you for that especially. I know she still has the same problems but she recognizes them and tries to figure out ways to help herself, which is HUGE.
~ Kathleen, mother of a junior in high school through college
The plan we made gave me the confidence that I could get through this week.”
~ Connor, 11th grader
Gretchen teaches you how to not be “I don’t wanna!!!” and instead to be “This might be fun!!”
~ Francesca, 6th grader
Our son’s backpack is much more organized, he has learned what methods are most helpful for him to study for tests, and I’ve appreciated the google documents as a way for me to support and reinforce what he does with you.”
~ Carol, mother of a 9th grader
Our daughter’s stress level has lessened considerably and she has not had any bad meltdowns since she started working with the strategies Gretchen devised. Now she knows that success is not “magic”, that successful people have strategies. An unforeseen benefit is the relationship that Gretchen and my daughter have developed; my daughter truly enjoys being with Gretchen and trusts her “take” on everything.”
~ Judy, mother of a 10th grader
It is very clear that over the past two years you have had a profoundly positive influence on my son’s educational experience. When he started 9th grade, he had poor study habits and miserable grades. You have been one of the few people in my son’s life who gives him the respect, proper nudging, and insightful direction that has turned these troubles around. Your candor and skill have transformed him into a kid focused on learning, self respect, with straight As and Bs. Incredible!!!
My daughter improved her grades, confidence, ability to organize, and her belief that organization ultimately gives her the results she wants. I considered other providers, but felt strongly that your open, out-of -the box, fun personality would jive with my daughter’s. Your sliding scale and being able to do this via skype were also big plusses. I got to work with the coach I wanted despite the distance.
~ Kim, mother of a 7th grader
Gretchen! You have been a gem. My #1 ally in my son’s year. He has benefited tremendously from your imaginative, encouraging, loving, intelligent help.
~ Mary, mother of a 9th grader
I’ve been able to set realistic timelines and actually get things done! You give me good feedback as to whether I’m on the right track and good advice when I’m not sure what I’m doing.”
~ Stephanie, PhD Student
Gretchen helped me tease out my ideas, order them, and articulate them in ways that were clear and concise. Oh, and I finished my thesis!!!”
~Katherine, M.A. in Art and Religion
What my creativity workshop participants and collaborators say:
In a very short time you have become an important part of my survival and growth, giving me a safe place to open up, share my love and go with my creative side. Words can not thank you enough or describe you in a just way.
~ Al, InterPlay Class Participant
Something that makes you stand out: your continual use of movement, sound, and play when doing anything. That has been incredibly useful in my teaching, as well as my creative endeavors (and when I’m sitting at a desk). Those of us who are scared to move, dance, and sing are more likely to do it because of your playfulness.
~ Sarah, 3rd Grade Teacher and InterPlay Class Participant
You are a great communicator and idea incubator who is thoughtful, articulate, curious, and personable. You empower people to help themselves and use affirmation effectively to boost self confidence. I benefit from your curiosity and public musings.
~ Elizabeth, Collaborator and Co-Teacher at Tuesday Night InterPlay
Gretchen is precise, thoughtful and caring. She is a wild, artsy, creative spirit with a conscious ability to direct, shape, guide, and focus.
~ Marcus, InterPlay class participant and collaborator