Peg Gray: Middle School Principal

Spanish River Christian School in Boca Raton, FL

This was the most valuable training I have ever experienced, and I know that the Middle School Team echoes my assessment. Your team is exceptional -- professional, compassionate, knowledgeable, and "down to earth." The most important lesson I learned is that if we have an incident, we have tools and strategies that we can use to defend ourselves. Prior to the training, I just figured we would have "no chance." The training was incredibly empowering! If there is anything else I can do to help other schools understand the value of this training, please do not hesitate to contact me. The skills we learned are truly life-saving.

Phyllis Pinter: Administrative Assistant

Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The [Terror in the Workplace] presentation was very well done and well received. Steve relayed the information with professionalism and positivity. I left feeling empowered. I have since received a number of compliments on the program from the participants. Thank you again for this service. It was a pleasure working with your Company.

Commander Jeffrey Johnson

Tennessee Valley Authority Police in Knoxville, TN

Please feel free to use me as a reference for Guardian Defense. Steve and Dustin were great, they were not only knowledgeable but humble. I hope that our team has the opportunity to train with them sometime in the future. Take care and stay safe.

Steve Carretto: Senior Pastor

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Boca Raton, FL

Guardian Defense brought me to a level of where I am more confident in and observant of my surroundings. I also feel equipped and empowered to be a first responder to a threat that could be present. Thank you to Guardian Defense for bringing our staff to a level of confidence and security that speaks volumes to our families.

Cheryl Burdin: Headmaster

Spanish River Christian School in Boca Raton, FL

Thanks again for an incredible day of training! We learned so many practical tips that will enable us to secure our campus and protect our students much more effectively. The staff now feels much more empowered and equipped to handle an intruder situation. Our middle school principal and several teachers said this was by far the best staff training we've ever had. Please extend our sincere thanks to your incredible team. We look forward to working with you as we put this training into practice. I have already received a lot of feedback and ideas from my team. Blessings!

Chief Robbie Blish

Woodstock Police Department in Woodstock, VT

On behalf of the Woodstock Police Department, I wish to thank you and your team for your hard work and efforts in helping to bring the Single Officer Response to Active Shooter Course to Woodstock. The importance of this training cannot be overstated. Your superb professionalism and skill in presenting the concepts and techniques involved in the [course] greatly enhanced the ability of all of the officers to grasp the material. This will, undoubtedly, allow the officers to be able to confront future threats, should the need arise, and win, thus saving lives.

Anthony Hamilton: Director of Safety and Security

Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL

We have utilized Guardian Defense for a number of trainings on our campus for faculty and staff. Recently, Steve Smith presented a civilian active threat training for a group of our parents and it was one of the best presentations I have witnessed. The training was very well received by all who attended and helped our parents understand the measures we take to keep their children safe.

Julia Buser: Women's Club Chairperson

Royal Palm Yacht and Country Club Women's Club in Boca Raton, FL

Thank you to Steven Smith and his team at Guardian Defense. The presentation he put on at our club was informative and powerful. We are now armed with knowledge and a plan to help us navigate through these difficult times. This valuable training could save your life and the lives of the ones you love.

Melanie Schrul: 
Executive Director

Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Ft. Lauderdale/Palm Beaches in FL

Steven Smith is professional, knowledgeable and a great speaker. His presentation was dynamic and fluid. Steven was able to relate to our audience of commercial property managers and service providers. He gave us 5 tips to make sure we know what to do in the event of a violent situation at work. It’s scary but necessary to be prepared. The lessons we learned will greatly benefit us if we ever need to take action, to hopefully stay safe and unharmed.

Nancy Goldstein: Early Childhood Director

Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center in Boca Raton, FL

My name is Nancy Goldstein, Early Childhood Director of The Ruth and Edward Taubman Early Childhood Center. My entire staff and myself participated in Active Threat Response Training for Schools. We have decided to participate due to the frequency of threats in schools throughout the US and Europe. The training not only included an interactive lecture but real life training with various scenarios. We found it to be empowering and meaningful. Hopefully we will never have to act in a crisis situation but we are now prepared.

Diane Jones: (Former) Associate Headmaster for Administration

Saint Andrew's School in Boca Raton, FL

I am happy to speak with anyone about your work with us - all positive. You provide extremely relevant training in a truly professional manner.

Tylar Tracy: Admissions and Marketing Assistant

Boca Prep International School in Boca Raton, FL

Guardian Defense is great! They taught me more than I could have imagined during training. Our entire staff feels as if we are more prepared for an emergency situation. We now know how to protect our students and ourselves. We are very grateful for all they have taught us and we hope to have them back year after year to continue our training.

Tonya Haberlein: School Office Manager

St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in Boca Raton, FL

Guardian Defense has been a wonderful asset to our school. Our staff feels empowered and well trained.

Administration at Budgets & Grants

The instructor was phenomenal- professional, great delivery and instruction.

Administrative Assistant at Parks & Recreation

The instructors were all great! Patient, informative, knowledgeable, and detailed.

Administrator at Parks & Recreation

Everyone was great! All departments should have this training so staff is prepared.

Teacher at a Pre-School

I learned from the Simulation ways to fight. I learned how to keep calm through my breathing and what the critical steps are to do in a real life situation.

Teacher at a Private School

During the Simulation portion of the ACT School Program, initially I felt great trepidation and fear. However, as the simulation commenced, I felt much more prepared, and therefore I will be more effective.

Teacher at a Private School

What I like most about the Lecture was the step by step approach to teaching that made me feel secure

Principal at a Private School

The ACT program was a fantastic training experience for our faculty and staff. We received essential training necessary to prepare us for the possible emergency. This is an opportunity that every school staff should have.

Teacher at a Private High School

I will use what I learned to talk to my kids about an active shooter.

Assistant Principal at a Private High School

What I liked most about the Mock Scenario was the practice! It helped us create a plan and practice it.

Office Staff from a Private High School

The Lecture portion of the program opened our eyes to the reality that an intruder could come on campus.

Science Teacher at a Private High School

What I liked more about the ACT School Program Lecture was the practicality. It was the best drill our school has ever done.

Teacher at a Private High School

This was the BEST thing our school has ever done for us.

Dean’s Secretary at a Private High School

I think this concept is pure genius. So needed. I'm completely in awe.

Office Manager at a Private High School

The preparation and planning that went into [the ACT School Program] was obvious and much appreciated.

Teacher at a Private High School

[The simulation taught me] to keep in mind that this could happen at any moment, anywhere.

Pre-K Teacher at a Private K-12 School

Zach was great! He gave us several ideas and strategies as to what could happen, or what we could do instead.

Director of Admissions at a Private High School

[Instructor Smith] was very calm and professional. He answered all questions with such patience and respect.?

Office Manager at a Private High School

Steve is very knowledgeable and had his heart and soul into the program.

Administrative Assistant at Parks & Recreation Division

Instructor Mike was well informed and very detailed in his explanations and instructions. He also gave great reasoning for his instructions.

Campus Ministry at a Private High School

Carmelo was patient with our ineptitude- but treated us as if he knew we wanted to keep kids safe- awesome job!

Dean of Students at a Private K-12 School

[Instructor Colon] was very knowledgeable and courteous. He was very calming.

Dean?s Secretary at a Private High School

Carmelo is personable, truly cares, and very informed. A+

Educational Coordinator at a Private K-12 School

Dustin was prepared, calm, professional, and knowledgeable.

Teacher at a Private High School

Nick had excellent perspective and advice. He was well-spoken and helpful!

4th Grade Teacher at a Private K-12 School

Mike was amazing. He made great points and had excellent answers to our questions.?

5th Grade Teacher at a Private K-12 School

Mike was the best! He was so kind, honest, informative, and made the scenarios feel real. We all really liked him!?

Law Enforcement Officer from SOASRC in Vermont

"This course took 20 years of training and real experience and made it simple, understandable, and workable."