M.A. Graduate Adviser, Human Development, St. Mary's University

Lee Truer

    "SissyMarySue's passion and devotion to educating and inspiring youth to develop and use their empathy skills is positively infectious and I believe that this has been the magic elixir that has helped her to draw in both the people and resources she needs to move forward with launching her first children's book. SissyMarySue has embodied just the qualities she seeks to encourage in youth through the vehicle of her books- empathy, commitment to community and largeness of heart."

Superintendent Rockford Public Schools

Paul Durand

    "I found SissyMarySue's teaching to be "top notch." She cared about each and every student she taught." " I consider SissyMarySue to be one of the most empathetic and caring educators I have ever met. She developed many creative methods to teach her subject without losing the personal touch. SissyMarySue was one of the "best loved" teachers at MBA. She worked daily in class with a creative flare that demonstrated her abilities and philosophy."


Ed.D. Superintendent, Edina Public Schools

Dr. Ric Dressen

    "SissyMarySue has a passion for education, learning and young people. She has an excellent understanding of how to positively motivate and challenge teachers to enhance student learning. She is constantly working to improve her skills and maximize her talent.
    SissyMarySue is an innovator. She connects with people of all ages. She is respected by parents, educators and community members. She blends her creativity with her insightful views on life and her work ethic to generate products and solutions that advance learning and life. Her new children's book is just one example of her success."

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5 Star Amazon  and Barnes & Noble

March 05, 2015

 I was blessed to be able to take this journey between the unlikely pairing of a girl and a cheetah. This story flows so very well, it is a great and  exciting adventure. The book brings forward messages of self-esteem, empathy, and joy, in an atmosphere of love and diversity. This story is a fun read, for adults and  children of all ages. The story reads in rhyming verse from beginning to end, a real treat. In Summary, this book (with discussion ideas and other conversation initiators) , entertains, takes us on a journey- however most importantly is an open declaration of love to our human family

LarryBGreen. Barnes & Noble Review

March 11, 2015

Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is and excellent story for all.Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is and excellent story for all. The message that the book is trying to send is one about self esteem and empathy. Sissymarysue does an excellent job trying to reach readers and inspire them to take action in their own lives. I would definitely recommend this book for all ages!

Anonymous.Barnes & Noble Review

March 22, 2015

This is a wonderful book that teaches children an important lesson while telling a great story. The rhymes are fun to read, and children will love the songs. The journey of friendship between a girl and a cheetah is something that both young and old can relate to. A great mix of storytelling and teaching.

Joe. Amazon Review

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