Mr. John Perricone’s Bio
Mr. Perricone was a Health Educator and Psychology teacher in the Maine-Endwell School District in upstate N.Y. for thirty-one years. His love and passion for teaching have made him the recipient of local, state, and national “Excellence in Teaching” awards, and he was the recipient of Maine-Endwell’s Distinguished Teacher Award for twelve consecutive years since its inception. This award is voted on and presented by the Senior Class. He is a best selling author (“Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching”) and a nationally sought keynote speaker, having been invited to speak all fifty states, and most recently he returned from his first international speaking engagement in South Korea.
After forty-five years of training, Mr. Perricone has received his 7th degree blackbelt — the highest rank that world renowned Master Hidy Ochiai has ever awarded in his fifty-two years of teaching.
He sings with the Barbershop Harmony Society 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