|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 audience).
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.
Monta Akin, Assistant Superintendent,
Leander, Texas Monta.Akin@leanderisd.org
Thanking John Perricone for his inspiring presentation to our entire faculty opening day
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.
We 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 information.
Matthew Bolduc, Director of Curriculum & Professional Development
Bellingham Public Schools Bellingham, Massachusetts 02019
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