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 and a nationally sought keynote speaker, having been invited to all fifty states.
In another author’s book, Educating for Character, Dr. Tom Lickona cites Mr. Perricone as a shining example of teaching at its best. He was the instructor of Hidy Ochiai’s Karate of Cortland for sixteen years where he imparted the principles of traditional martial arts — non-violence, mental and physical fitness, and universal values of integrity, self-respect, and respect for others. After forty-four years of training, Mr. Perricone has received his 7th degree blackbelt — the highest rank that World Renowned Master Ochiai has ever awarded in his fifty-one 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