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 the creator of the Busy Bee Productivity Planner and transformational life coaching programs for women.

I am an educator, 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.


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.

However, my entrepreneurial journey actually began with network marketing.

After teaching for about 4 years, I had As I began to question if teaching would make me happy for the rest of my life, I started a network marketing business with Arbonne. As I promoted to district manager and led a team, I felt so empowered by the thought of having my own business, and loved coaching my teammates.

 I began to realize that teaching and coaching go hand in hand. I loved working with people who WANTED my help, and wanted to grow.

After my Mom was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, and transferring unexpectedly to another school, I began to realize that life is too short not to step into your power and think big. These events triggered a shift in my thinking and perspective. Fear and regret were no longer allowed to drive the bus. 

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 my journey happened for a reason, and it was time to change lives. 

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 get to use my Master's in teaching to design effective coaching sessions and share my unique productivity strategies with clients.

I'm ready to serve you, and change the world. Are you ready?


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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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. Danise has a very warm and welcoming personality that I immediately connected with and felt comfortable opening up to. She 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. She was supportive from the moment we first spoke and I knew that she would help me grow.
— Alexis, client testimonial

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Professional Bio:

Danise Sumner is an educator, life coach and speaker. She is the owner of The Busy Bee Productivity Coaching, and creator of the Busy Bee Productivity Planner. She offers transformational life coaching programs for women in a one-to one and group coaching format. Through her work, she helps women make positive change, live more intently and be more productive in their lives or businesses.

Danise's mission is to serve and make a positive impact on others through the creation of her programs and work as an educator. She has worked with students, authors, entrepreneurs, realtors, stay-at-home-moms and network marketing professionals.

Danise is a graduate of Longwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She has a Master's degree in Reading Education from the University of Virginia. Danise spent 6 years teaching in Chesterfield County Public Schools and is now an elementary literacy specialist for grades K-5. She launched her business, The Busy Bee Productivity Coaching, in July of 2017. She lives with her husband in Richmond, Virginia and they are expecting their first child in February 2019.