A Few Reviews By Schools That Have Seen
The Wizard of Reading Assemblies

“You were awesome! Thanks so much. The students, staff and administration all loved you!”
Toni Chaney, Library Media Specialist, Trevilians Elementary

“The Wizard of Reading, Dean Alan, was phenomenal! The interaction with the students was magical! Our K-5 students were mesmerized and their parents loved it! He even personalized it for us by including a book that our families had just finished reading at home!!!! He touched us all by sharing his own childhood struggle with reading. He is magical for all ages!”
Rebecca Worrell, Reading Specialist, Carrsville Elementary

“Thank you so much for coming to our school today! The students, parents, and teachers really enjoyed your program. We were all impressed with your ability to keep our kids engaged!”
Connie Bryant, Reading Specialist, Christiansburg Primary

“Thanks for making our Title 1 Family Literacy Night a success! The parent evaluation forms were very positive: ‘He made reading fun’, ‘He showed enthusiasm for reading’, ‘He really made the books sound interesting and he was funny and entertaining’ , ‘It was a very entertaining way to share stories.”
Eileen Burgwyn, English & Reading Coordinator k-12, Fauquier County Public Schools, Warrenton, VA

“The Wizard of Reading combined clever tricks and switcheroos to entertain our audience, at the same time giving lots of interesting information about Dr. Seuss and his stories.  We got great feedback from kids and parents.  It’s delightful.”
Pat Gleason, ESOL Teacher, Keene Mill Elementary School, Springfield VA

“Thank you for presenting such a fun and inspirational program for our students.  They loved the magic, the audience participation and learning new facts about Dr. Seuss.  I have used your example about Dr. Seuss’ perseverance several times with my students.  What a great character trait to emphasize!  And those Dr. Seuss books flew off the library shelves the rest of the week!”
Beth Yankey, Library Media Specialist, Loch Lomond Elementary, Manassas, VA

“The assemblies went great.  I have heard a lot of positives and the schedule went fine.  Thanks for all you did.  Hope to be able to bring you back next year”
Olivia Eades Reed, Intervention Teacher, Broadus Wood Elementary, Earlysville, VA

“Your show was so entertaining and I loved the facts you shared with us about Dr. Seuss. Your sense of humor was perfect for our students and they had a wonderful evening with you”
Claudia Easley, Reading Specialist, Carver Elementary

“Thanks so much for an excellent show (I’m still hearing positive comments!)”
Cheryl Redman, Reading Coach, Norton Elementary, Norton, VA

“Thank you again for a fabulous show. Many children are still talking about it. You were awesome!”
Christine Caravello-Goodman, Reading Specialist, Kempsville Meadows ES, VA Beach, VA

“We really enjoyed your show! I overheard children talking about Dr. Seuss and your show for several days. Several teachers commented on what a great show it was as well. The kids loved the magic tricks! I know it inspired many to read a Dr. Seuss book. Thanks again!”
Elizabeth Massa, Reading Specialist, Alberta Smith Elementary, Midlothian, VA

“Thanks for the wonderful assembly. It was a great way to kick off ‘Read Across America Day’ and the children talked about it nonstop.”
Carissa Stanziola, Reading Specialist, Rolling Ridge Elementary School, Sterling Virginia

“My head start class loved your show. It had special meaning with the Dr. Seuss twist. They came back to the classroom wiggling their fingers to make magic like you did. Thank you very much!”
Tish Jarvis, Cameron Elementary Head Start

“I thought Dean Alan was absolutely appropriate and fun! I watched the kids expressions and they were so into him! It was one of the best programs I’ve seen in my 21 years teaching in Fairfax County.”
Cindy Savio, Teacher, Cameron Elementary, Alexandria VA

“We had been looking for something ‘different’ to motivate our students to read and we certainly found it with your program. Students as well as adults were sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for the next magic trick. The program was highly motivating as well as educational. Mr. Alan’s presentation was very professional and it appealed to the young as well as the young at heart. We would certainly like to have the program again next year.”
Susan Stephens, Southside Elementary School, Blairs, VA

“Thank you for coming to perform at Spring Run Elementary. The students really enjoyed your performance. We hope you will return next year”
Angel Jester, Reading Specialist, Spring Run Elementary, Midlothian VA

“The kids loved your show, and we were so pleased with it!”
Kathleen Barry, Reading Specialist, Byrd Elementary, Goochland, VA