“I absolutely loved Jon visiting our campus. He worked incredibly well with our students and staff and really shared great personal stories that connected with all. Days after Jon leaving, our students were still talking about the lessons they learned. Jon is a dynamic speaker who moves people. I would recommend him coming into any campus!”            

Todd Nesloney, Principal Webb Elementary                                                                                                                            

“With a strikingly open and authentic perspective, Jon Harper takes the ordinary events of working in education and makes them extraordinary. He creates a reflective atmosphere which challenges full-time working graduate students to step back and find the silver lining in their own classroom mistakes. Harper’s approach on addressing personal mistakes is genuinely designed to work for educators at all levels in their career to make them a more meaningful educator.”

Brian Cook, Salisbury University

Jon is a valuable member of my community of learners for one reason. Not only is he willing to share his mistakes, but he takes the time to value all the mistakes that happen in your own learning too. After meeting Jon through twitter, I knew his message was an important one. I thought, why not bring it to my students and it was the best move I could have made. For someone to show interest in my students and their mistakes shows Jon’s love of learning. He is hundreds of miles away from my students, but they still talk about Jon and how he values their learning. This is the type of connection we want for our students and I am grateful for the impact he has made on me and more importantly on my students.

Andrew Kauffman, 3rd Grade Teacher

“Watching the kids’ reactions to Jon’s inspiring talk encouraging us to share our mistakes was very powerful.  We learn more from our mistakes than our successes so sharing them like Jon said, will open up new opportunities for learning.  Jon’s message was motivating and I think everyone could benefit from following his philosophy.”

Heidi Jones, 5th Grade Teacher


Listen to what Heidi’s class had to say


“It’s good to embrace your mistakes and it’s also good to share your mistakes to others because they’ll share their mistakes back to you.”

Lenny, 5th grade student

“Jon Harper helped turn My Bad into My Good by making it comfortable to talk about and share my mistakes in a positive way.  I learned every Bad can be a good if I take the time to reflect and learn from my mistakes.”

John Kahl, ESOL Teacher

Thank you so much for coming to see us! I know you and Todd had talked about how 1st may have been too young for what you were speaking about, however, my little firsties blew me away with their openness and honesty with you. They truly took something away from it! I tell my kids every day that it is ok to make mistakes as long as we learn from them and without mistakes we would never learn. They were able to make that connection with your message. In fact, today I overheard a conversation about a mistake one kiddo had made at home. The student they were talking to said “I too”. I almost fell over! I stayed within ear shot and listened to them as they talked about what they had done and how they weren’t the only one and what they can do differently. They really did take a piece of you and your message with them!

Andrea Day, 1st Grade Teacher