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“I am always leery of bringing someone to present to our staff when I have never heard them speak. However, after talking with some of your references, who all provided glowing recommendations, I took a chance. Wow! Asking you to keynote our district conference was one of the best “chances” I have ever taken. You engaged our entire staff of over 3,500 people including secondary, elementary, and support staff—which is a challenge to say the least. Our twitter feed for the conference was buzzing with insights gained from your talk. (I use the word “talk” rather than presentation, because you created an incredibly personal connection with each person in the
Fabulous… Phenomenal… Inspirational… Funny…
That’s just a few of the words my colleagues said about your keynote. Thank you so much for the gift of inspiration you gave to each of us.
Asst. Supt. Leander ISD, Leander, Texas
Thanking John Perricone
for his inspiring presentation to our entire faculty opening day in
August of 2013 doesn’t begin to express our gratitude. We had read
about John’s abilities while searching to begin our new school year
in a manner that might best restore the spirit of our staff. We had
never met him nor heard him speak but decided to take a chance on him
based upon his references. He did not disappoint in any way. His
presence and presentation spoke directly to the heart of teaching. He
helped rejuvenate spirits and restore hope among a staff grappling
with a host of seemingly stifling state mandates, contentious union
bargaining issues, and an erosion of positive public perception.
were able to all come together once again as a team of professional
educators, confident that our joint mission to help all children
succeed is noble and worthy of all our efforts. Teachers and
administrators present that morning were unanimous in their opinion
that John Perricone delivered wisdom and inspiration to help us take
our next steps toward a better today and many brighter tomorrows. Many
are still working to put his wisdom into practice. Our entire school
system is a better educational institution because John Perricone
spoke here. Feel free to contact me anytime for more reference
New Review of Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching
It is not a how-to guide. Rather, it is so much more, asking the reader to understand and better themselves as a function of their true ability to teach (and learn) more effectively, fostering student development towards goals much larger than grades. The book is only surpassed by John’s presence and the manner by which he speaks and lives his principles, and in turn, truly inspires.
For the sake of what we do as educators, don’t just read this book; sincerely engage its ideas.
C. Michael Elavsky, Ph.D.
is with great pleasure that I recommend Mr. Perricone to speak at your
school or any educational forum. He has moved our staff in ways that I
have not seen in my 31 years in our school district. I am usually
reluctant to have someone come to speak to our staff if I had not
previously seen him/her in person. However, based on the testimonials
I read on his website, I felt confident it would be worth the risk.
There was no risk! At the end of his one hour and 45 minute
presentation, where he challenged our staff to reflect on their
personal philosophy about education; and motivated and inspired them
to realize how lucky they were to be in a career where they can have a
positive influence on the lives of youth every day, he received a
standing ovation. My overall response was simply...he delivered! For
days and weeks after his presentation, staff still thank me for
bringing him to Phillipsburg. It was truly a positive experience, and
we were honored to have him.
Marian Trapani, Ed.D.
Director of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Phillipsburg School District, Phillipsburg, New Jersey
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