He hit a home run way out of the ballpark!!! The keynote could not have been more perfect for us. People were coming out of the room so charged up with energy and inspiration and commitment that they all felt like supermen and women – like they could teach forever! He helped them remember why they do this work and why it matters. He was worth a million dollars here on Wednesday!
Laura L. McCullough, Ph.D. , Kentucky Department of Education
September 28th, 2009: We were all very, very pleased with Ron Clark and his keynote address at the recent Risky Business XXII conference held in Des Moines. The audience of teachers, counselors, administrators and other educational professionals who attended our conference gave him rave reviews. His energy level throughout the presentation kept the attention of the audience and his delivery style was outstanding. Again, on behalf of the Iowa Association of Alternative Education and its membership, a big thank you goes out to both Ron Clark and Premiere Speakers Bureau.
Greg McCullough, Iowa Association of Alternative Education
Everyone here at Discovery Charter School is still talking about Ron's visit. Although I had no doubts that Ron would make a great impression on our group, I must admit that he surpassed my expectations. Our teachers were overwhelmed by his presentation, his personality and charm, his insight and wisdom, his ability as a public speaker, and most of all with his passion for teaching.
Sandy Myers, Discovery Charter Schools
"Ron was incredible!!!! I’ve just finished reviewing the evaluations from his event. Ron received 99.3% on his Performance, 99.3% on Presentation Content, 94.5% on Newness of Information, 98.5% on Professional Relevance, and 99.6% on Overall Quality of the Event!!! 98.3% was the average of all of the areas covered on the evaluation. The comments are still coming to me about how wonderful Ron was and hoped we would have him back. His presentation has generated book studies at many of our schools and many conversations amongst ALL employees. Ron was a real hit!!!! "
Matthew D. Britt IV ARRA Program Coordinator, Frederick County Public Schools, MD
I was among the more than 300 people who attended the ceremony when you were inducted into the Educators Hall of Fame. Am I ever glad I did!! You are without a doubt the most inspiring person I have ever heard speak. Your speech does more than encourage people to want to become teachers. Your message touches everyone no matter what their profession. I am most impressed by your ability to inspire everyone in the audience to be better people. Keep up the great work.
Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, East Carolina University
Thanks again for speaking at the conference. We all loved you, and the evaluations were outstanding! Several individuals noted that you are the best speaker they have ever heard, and I would have to agree with them.
Event Planner, North Carolina Association of Educators
Ron Clark is able to captivate an audience unlike anyone I've ever heard before. His stories bring both tears and laughter. I watched an audience of 650 sit spellbound as he shared his struggles and triumphs as an educator. Anyone who hears him will feel rejuvenated and inspired.
Executive Director, Georgia Department of Education
"I have been in the education business a long time, and I have been to outstanding presentations. I do not believe I have ever heard anyone as engaging and enthusiastic as Ron Clark. He was funny, touching, poignant, and moving. I believe we all wanted to hug him, and I also believe he would have let us! He was a joy to be around, and I would certainly endorse him any time."
Allison Foster, Newport News Public Schools
"The night was unbelievable! I cannot tell you the energy that was in my school the very next day. I had teachers dancing in the classrooms on Friday morning. He was fabulous and very entertaining. My teachers enjoyed him and it made me want to get back in the classroom."
Angie Brunini, St. Richard Catholic School
"It was great! And he was great!! Our staff was so energized by his speech ? as one teacher said - ?we always take care of the how to teach but this time we took care of our souls."'
Kathleen Hushek, Sanger Unified School District
"He was wonderful and everyone just loved him. They have been talking about him all week. We were very impressed, especially with the wonderfully personalized book signing time. Thanks so much!"
Sue Dommeyer, Pearson NCS
"Thank you for your presentation at our Summer Choice Institute. Your experiences and discussion on The Essential 55 were truly inspiring for teachers and administrators at all levels of education. The information you provided on making a change and touching each student was encouraging and motivating to all present."
Lois Lee, Executive Director of School Choice and Parental Options, Miami-dade County Public Schools
"Our audience was surely motivated by your speech and it really resonated as well as entertained them. You scored very highly on the post-event evaluations and we have been told that you were the highlight of the conference. You are an inspiration and a man of great vision and calling. Thanks for sharing both with us!"
Yolanda Adams, Administrative Assistant, Western Region Education Service Alliance
"By a variety of measures, the GAEL Winter Conference was an outstanding success. Thank you for your contributions to this important leadership development activity. Without question, your presentation was one of the highlights of the event!"
Jim Puckett, Director, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders
July 30th, 2009: It was fabulous!!!!! Everyone said that having Ron and then Kim was the best year ever. Kim also conducting a breakout session for middle and high school language arts teachers that was terrific. It was all both entertaining and informative. Thanks for your help. I will definitely be seeking your help for next year.
Sharon Lessley , Marshall County Board of Education
Ron was AMAZING!!!! Our event went better than I could have imagined. We had around 1,000 people and I think everyone left with an uplifted spirit and a positive outlook. The reviews we received from our guests were outstanding. In fact our Chamber of Commerce CEO/President sent me a note that stated, "...this was a first-class affair...I can count on one hand the truly great events I've attended and this is one of them..." Thank you for your help with getting Ron to start our year off on the right foot. I would recommend him to anyone. His energy level is second to none.
Kelly Hohman, Marketing Director, North Central Ohio Educational Service Center
WOW!!! Ron was great! Everyone was thrilled with his presentation. I wish every teacher in the country would have a chance to hear him, especially just before the school year starts. Ron is a great motivator. During my in-service with my teachers today, I have been able to use a lot of what Ron talked about yesterday. His message was a great reinforcement for what I was trying to share with my teachers. He made everyone feel very comfortable and special. He has a special gift and it is wonderful that he is willing to share this with teachers all over the country.
Shirley Lindstrom, Elementary Principal, New Rockford-Sheyenne Elementary School
We, the MECA board heard countless informal comments about how great Ron's presentation was. I can say that from my perspective, it was exactly what I wanted for our membership to hear and experience. Ron went above and beyond starting early that Tuesday morning with the way he interacted with our membership during the book-signing event and then continued during his presentation. His content was outstanding and, as expected, his high-energy, comical but impactful keynote was FANTASTIC. I don't ever remember having a keynote speaker get applause repeatedly as he or she made points about education and kids. The crowd really seemed to stay engaged and also be in sync with many of Ron's points. It was superb.
Dane Conrad, Mississippi Educational Computing Association
Ron’s presentation met our needs exactly, and I heard parents and teachers begin collaborating right after the event. His message was crystal clear to the students, as well, and I believe they understood that their parents and teachers were on their team and working to help them succeed.
Jessica Sherrod, Program Assistant GEAR UP North Carolina, University of North Carolina General Administration
Ron was by far one of the most powerful presenters my staff has ever had the opportunity to hear. The staff members are still talking about it and discussing ways in which they can implement some of the strategies he mentioned. It was amazing!
Marla Hobbs, Principal, Peoria Unified School District
Worth every penny! His delivery style was mesmerizing aside from being entertaining. Felt he delivered the proven philosophy that grabbing a student's attention with sound reasoning and innovative skills is what every teacher wish they had in their bag of tricks. I think they advantage he had was that he had been through his tough times and therefore, had nothing to lose by putting himself out there to the students...
Proud Teacher, Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD
"He was outstanding and his book The 55 Essentials has been read by my family members and has made a difference among us!!! Thanks for spending the money it took to get him here!!!! I purchased the posters, DVD, and several books and they have been thoroughly enjoyed by both friends and family. We are better because of the lessons and rules he teaches."
Another Proud Teacher, Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD
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