About Me

“The sooner we start sharing our imperfections with the people we serve and the people we love, the sooner they will stop expecting to be perfect.”

Hi, I’m Jon Harper. I’m a former elementary school teacher and current assistant principal on a mission to help people of all ages realize that it is okay to make mistakes; especially really big ones. Simply put, sharing epic mistakes inspires others to do the same.

Because once people realize that they are not the only ones making mistakes, they begin to grant themselves a little grace. I have witnessed this firsthand with children as young as eight to graduate students whose age I don’t dare guess. It is amazing to witness and one day I hope to show you in person.

Interviewing some of the country’s leading educators for my podcast My Bad has been quite an honor. My guests have been wide ranging, from New York Times Best Selling author Jonah Berger to EdCamp founder Kristen Swanson, from motivational speaker Baruti Kafele to digital pioneer Eric Sheninger.

I have had the unique opportunity to interview over 50 of the country’s leading educators and in doing so I have learned much. Much that I want to share with anyone and everyone who will listen. I am certain that once you hear what I have to say about how powerful sharing mistakes can be, you will be inspired to share some of your own.

I not only get others to share their mistakes, but I often share big mistakes of my own on my podcast and through my blog pieces. I am of the belief that if I am going to ask others to be vulnerable, then I must be willing to take the first step. And I have. On topics ranging from racial prejudice to parenting skills.

Lucky for me, I have had the opportunity to share my mission with countless others not only through my podcast and my blog but also through Google Hangouts, Podcast Interviews and Conference Presentations.

Here’s the cool part. Once you starting sharing mistakes and once you get others to start sharing mistakes, they will no longer weigh you down. And that changes everything! Instead of worrying about what went wrong or what could go wrong, you are now able to spend your time and energy thinking about what can go right!

I expect the upcoming school year to be quite busy as it seems each week I am arranging to speak at schools or present at major conferences. If you are interested in having me visit your school, district or organization please to deliver a keynote, lead a workshop and/or work with your students, please don’t hesitate to contact me via the email below.

I promise I will return your email within 24 hours.

I look forward to the opportunity.

Contact information: jonaharper70@gmail.com

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