Mr. Perricone was a Health Educator and Psychology teacher in the Maine-Endwell School District in upstate N.Y. for 31 years. His love and passion for teaching have made him the recipient of local, state, and national “Excellence in Teaching” awards, and he has been the recipient of Maine-Endwell’s Distinguished Teacher Award for 12 consecutive years since its inception. This award is voted on and presented by the Senior Class. He is a best selling author and a nationally sought keynote speaker, having been invited to speak in all fifty states.
He was the instructor of Hidy Ochiai’s Karate of Cortland for sixteen years and in addition to teaching High School he is currently involved in training teachers throughout N.Y. state in the nationally recognized Educational Karate Program – a character education program emphasizing non-violence, mental and physical fitness, and universal values of integrity, self-respect, and respect for others. After 42 years of training, Mr. Perricone has received his 7th degree blackbelt — the highest rank that World Renowned Master Ochiai has ever awarded in his 50 years of teaching.
He sings with the Southerntiersmen Barbershop Harmony Chorus and has performed throughout the country in a quartet known as the Troubadours. The only thing that exceeds his zest for his profession and hobbies are the love of his wife Vicki and his daughters Loren and Hannah.
The man who inspired me to be a teacher, Mr. Hidy Ochiai