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Great Neck Public Schools, Great Neck, N.Y
John’s Keynote Address at our Conference Day was an incredibly poignant, timely and inspirational celebration of the role we all play in shaping the lives of our students. He had us all laughing, crying, smiling and thinking. The entire district was invited to his address, and the feedback has been nothing short of extraordinary. I have heard from teachers, custodians, administrators, clerical staff members, bus drivers, and security guards; this response across the district has NEVER happened before.
A sampling from my colleagues:
– Thanks for the inspiration! This is my 20th year in Hauppauge and this was the best conference day ever.
– Don, thank you for the BEST speaker I’ve heard in my 25 years here. I will forever remember your messages, John, and continue that mindset not only my classroom, but in my everyday existence. You are truly a gift and your words need to be heard by all! Thanks for that hug from both of you at the end of the presentation.
– Thank you for the powerful and uplifting messages about teaching and for reminding us of why we chose this noble profession. We have the unique opportunity to shape the lives of children again and again each day…a responsibility I do not take lightly.
– John – thank you for delivering your message. I left the presentation incredibly moved and inspired and ready to go for this school year!
– I’d like to personally say that I really appreciate being a part of the Hauppauge school district and how the custodial staff was included in the meeting. Hearing the different roles of each employee on how it makes total impact on each student was mind opening.
– Thank you so much for yesterday. Mr. Perricone sent a powerful message, and I could not think of a better way to start the school year. It left a lasting impression on me, and I am very grateful for that.
We can’t wait to have him back to inspire us again!
Dr. Donald Murphy, Assistant Superintendent
Hauppauge School District Hauppaauge, N.Y.
“John opened our all-staff kickoff meeting and spoke to teachers, administrators, custodians, paraprofessionals, bus drivers, food service staff and more. One remarkable aspect of his presentation is how he did such a beautiful job of tailoring his words to connect with his entire audience regardless of their job title. As superintendent here, for now, my ninth annual opening event, I can absolutely say with full confidence that I have never received more compliments and “thank you’s” from staff than I have following this year’s opening. Many commented on how Mr. Perricone touched their hearts and provided such an energizing start.
One thing I appreciated most about John was his willingness to adapt to the audience and to our specific needs and circumstances. Our planning together was very personalized and he was wonderfully responsive to my requests for him to adjust the length and content of his presentation. I did not feel like I was getting a canned script and both his words and his energy made it all feel so very fresh and connected.
John was a wonderful surprise! His humor and passion set the table for more focused work. He helped remind us all how we are all “teachers” and why education is truly the most profound profession one could ever choose.”
Richard A. Myles, Superintendent
Scottsbluff Public Schools, Scottsbluff, Nebraska
If catching your audience’s attention and impacting them with a message that will compel teachers to build positive, engaging relationships with their students is your goal; then I would immediately have John Perricone come to speak to your staff. His motivating message, blended with his life experiences is humorous and soulfully impactful. He will surely inspire your staff.
He is a one of kind person and your staff will have a ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5 STAR Day) spending time with him! His passion is contagious and his down to earth presence will capture your audience and will surely bring a fresh new perspective to education and life. We are extremely grateful to have been fortunate enough to have him at our school and so look forward to having him return next year!
Pam Gilmartin, Douglas County School District, Nevada
The first time I heard Mr. John Perricone speak at a Principals’ Conference, and after tearing up several times during his presentation, I texted my colleague, “I think I just heard the speaker we need to have for our Welcome Back Convocation.”
Our staff, a group of thirty-five wonderful and amazing teachers were feeling a bit frustrated and burned out. I wanted to find a way to introduce some teacher self-care strategies, to help them reflect on their authentic selves–to reflect on why they entered this profession . . . and there was John.
To say he is a master speaker can’t really touch the way he engages an audience. He speaks to each person — dare I say, he speaks to your very core. His stories, questions, insights, and humor allow you to reflect on who you are, who you want to be, and the power you have to direct your own life and touch the lives of your students. He celebrates the art of teaching and calls out the frustrations including politics, parents, nature, and nurture–all of the influences that both challenge and motivate us as educators.
John speaks from his heart and people respond. Just a few of the comments I heard from my teachers include:
“I could have listened to him all day.”
“It was like a teacher’s brain massage.”
“He was so authentic.”
“I felt like he was speaking just to me . . . it was about me.”
As soon as he was done, there was an almost instantaneous standing ovation from our staff. His speech gave them energy, confidence, and a strong sense of purpose with which to start the new year. I consider it a wonderful honor that I can call John my friend. He is a gift to education and to anyone who has the privilege to hear his story.
Cori Trudeau, Principal
Montana City School Clancy, Montana
“John Perricone is inspiration, motivation, and celebration all wrapped up in a package that is one of the best gifts that you can give your teachers. In this day and age when teachers feel so challenged by circumstances, John has the ability to help them reconnect with their love of children and their love of learning.
Using humor, personal stories from his own career and research, Mr. Perricone provides a compelling case for elevating the mission of teaching to its highest level. John presented to our faculty in January of 2017.
I brought him back as a surprise in June. The teachers were thrilled, and once again, John had them completely captivated the entire time. Mindset and culture are difficult aspects of an organization to touch in just two hours, but Mr. Perricone has definitely made his indelible mark on TASD.”
Heather McPherson Superintendent, Tunkhannock Area School District
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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 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 ISD
Leander, Texas Monta.Akin@leanderisd.org 512-570-0205
“Thanking John Perricone for his inspiring presentation to our entire faculty on our 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. To say that he did not disappoint in any way is an understatement. 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 Academic Affairs
Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District Spencer, Massachusetts email@example.com 508-885-8500