UBU 6th Graders:
UBU Jr. High Students:
UBU Residency 6th Graders:
Various UBU High School Students:
UBU Residency 5th Graders:
Special Needs Teacher
My students had an excellent experience. All of my students are special needs, David was willing to adjust his lesson to fit the needs of the group.
High School Principal
This is perfect. So many of our kids feel like they don't have a voice. ... To see our students up there was a once in a lifetime (experience). Thank you for generously giving your time and expertise to conduct the workshop and telling your story. Our students benefited greatly.
Gail K. (Parent)
I’m not sure what you said to (my son) today but, he's been on cloud nine all night and feels really good about himself. Positive reinforcements that come from respected mentors resonate in a child’s life forever! Thank you so much.
Michelle P. (Parent)
I wanted to take a moment to thank you for the splendid job you did with those children. These last 3 weeks my son became a different person and that shell that he built was cracked and I have never seen my son so happy. I am forever grateful for the people and circumstances that gave him the experience of community.
Entertainment Industry Professional (via email):
I couldn’t help thinking – as I watched the night unfold – how much your involvement obviously meant to the evening and how much your work must mean to so many kids. And, by extension, how much better this world is with you in it.
Director of Programs and Education, West Valley Arts Council :
David's work is a stellar example of "Beyond the Classroom" learning, greatly impacting students and teachers; especially in many rural districts and Title 1 schools. Our students are learning invaluable College & Career Ready skills and our teachers are being provided with high quality professional development that helps prepare our next generation of thinkers and leaders!
High School Student (via Facebook Messenger):
Hey man! I'm not sure if you really remember me but you were one of the best teachers I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing, and I was in a bad time of my life when I (worked with you) but you always kept me going man.
UBU High School Student's Mother:
Being a student in David Simmons' Songwriting Class and UBU Residency has been a huge part of (my daughter's) finding strength and confidence within herself after her 2018 suicide attempt. I'm beyond thankful...