Mr. Perricone’s Book

Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching

John Perricone’s book may appear simple judged by its size and tone, but it is deceptively so, standing in fact as one of the most important books on the complex topic of teaching meaningfully in perhaps the most challenging realm in our society – namely the trenches of our secondary schools.

In clear, concise, honest and earnest prose, John Perricone provides profound insights, guidance, and philosophy (at times through practical exercises) into the very soul of what it means to truly inhabit the identity, acumen, artistry, and passion of being a teacher. It is not a how-to guide. Rather, it is so much more, asking the reader to understand and better themselves as a function of their true ability to teach (and learn) more effectively, fostering student development towards goals much larger than grades.

The book is only surpassed by John’s presence and the manner by which he speaks and lives his principles, and in turn, truly inspires. For the sake of what we do as educators, don’t just read this book; sincerely engage its ideas.

C. Michael Elavsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
College of Communications
The Pennsylvania State University

It’s time someone told the truth about excellent teaching. John Perricone’s book is mystical, practical, insightful, and remarkably refreshing for teachers struggling to serve students well in the conflicted landscape of contemporary education. His writing has given all of us in education a powerful gift with immediate use. Give it to a teacher you love. Also give it to a teacher you don’t love.

—Lynn Olcott , Education Department: SUNY Cortland

More than a book, more than a philosophy, John Perricone captures the essence of the spirit that resonates in us all, guides us in finding that spirit as it is expressed in the mission of teaching, and shows how to help young people discover the same in themselves. Perricone’s words are authenticated by his own living example, as a truly powerful inspiration.

—Stan Proffitt , Corporate Educator/Leadership Consultant

How to purchase a copy of “Zen and the Art of Public School Teaching”

• Venmo: John-Perricone  ($19.00)

• PayPal: PayPal.Me/JohnPerricone  ($19.00)

• Or mail check for $19.00 made out to John Perricone:
John Perricone
309 Norton Avenue Endwell, NY 13760

Please be sure to include your return address and requested inscription in an email to

Fifty or more books: If your school system/conference is considering purchasing 50 books or more Mr. Perricone can individually sign them for $15.00 each.

If you provide a list of names he will sign them by name. Contact John Perricone directly at or by phone at 607-765-6017 to arrange.