Meet Danise



I'm so glad you're here! My name is Danise Sumner, and I'm the owner of The Busy Bee! 

I am a productivity coach, wife, dog mom, reading specialist and passionate educator. 

When I have some down time, you can find me on the couch, watching my reality TV shows or reading a good book. I also love going out to eat in RVA, and listening to all things hip hop. 

I'm a proud graduate of Longwood University with my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, and a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. 


More about me

I grew up in a suburb outside of Richmond, with my amazing parents! We have been in RVA since I was six years old.

I am a graduate of Longwood University with a degree in Elementary Education. I also have my Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. I taught both 3rd and 4th grade for six years, and my passion has always been helping others. I currently work as a reading specialist at an elementary school in Chesterfield County, Virginia. 


Now I live in Richmond with my husband, Ross, and our dog, Bailey! We got married in December of 2016. 

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It all started when...

Over the years, countless people have come up to me and said, "I just don't know how you do it all." Or, "You are always so busy; how do you manage grad school, teaching, a business and a social life?!" People at work often tell me, "How do you get everything done during the school day? You're so good with your time!" 

I've been a busy bee for as long as I can remember. My parents still talk about how I would wake up early "on a mission" to get things done.

Over the past year, I have really focused on my personal growth and development. As I got married, bought my first house, and began graduate school, I began to think more about how I was spending my time and what my big vision was for my life.

I realized that I needed to devote more time to setting goals and dreaming big. When I made that decision, I got clear on what I truly want for my life. I listened to every inspiring podcast, and spent hundreds of dollars on books! Because of the changes I've made in my life, the books I've read, and the workshops I've attended, I know that anything is possible, and it's never too late to make a big change.  

As I continued down my personal growth and development journey, I realized that many friends and colleagues feel stuck in their jobs, are unhappy in relationships, or struggle to step outside their comfort zone and get clear on what they truly want. 

Others struggle with time management, prioritizing their schedules, or staying organized! 

I began to realize that I could help! With a leap of faith and support from my husband, I started the Busy Bee. 

With Busy Bee, I am able to connect with others in a meaningful way, by giving them the tools and inspiration to effectively manage a "busy" life!

I truly feel like I was meant for this. 

I was looking to work with someone who would be honest with me and push me out of my comfort zone and ask me tough questions. You have a very warm and welcoming personality that I immediately connected with and felt comfortable opening up to. You took the time to get to know me and the things that are important to me as well as the dream that I am chasing. You were supportive from the moment we first spoke and I knew that you would help me grow.
— Alexis, client testimonial

Ready to work together? 

I offer free, 30 minute consultations for new clients. 

Your consultation will include a free assessment, which we will use to see if productivity coaching is a fit for you! 

Schedule your call using the button below!