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How Mr. Gurney's Voice Came Back

Teacher Dan Gurney noticed he had more energy at the end of each day when using a FrontRow system.

Teacher Dan Gurney noticed he had more energy at the end of each day when using a FrontRow system.

When kindergarten teacher Dan Gurney of Dunham Elementary (Petaluma, California) first discovered the FrontRow sound system in 2000, he knew right away it would help him improve students' literacy skills. Having invented a literacy-building program called Soundabet, he was well aware of the need for students to clearly hear individual phonemes.

What he didn't anticipate was the positive effect it would have on his voice and energy level. Like many teachers, Dan went hoarse several times a year, and regularly felt worn out by the end of the day. In fact, his doctor told him that being repeatedly hoarse was a matter of concern, just as back pain would be for a construction worker.

Soon after using the FrontRow sound system, Dan was elated at how much energy he had at the end of the day and how his voice improved. "In the same way I switch on the lights so I don't have to teach in a dark room, I switch on my FrontRow so I can be heard without straining," he says.

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