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.