About Jack Berckemeyer

A nationally-recognized presenter, author, and humorist, Jack Berckemeyer, began his career as a middle school teacher in Denver, Colorado. After two years of teaching he was named as an outstanding educator at his school, and shortly thereafter he was identified as one of the outstanding educators in the district. In 2003, he received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Falcon School District. Jack brings his energy, humor, and expertise to all staff development as he helps teachers and administrators remember why this job makes a difference. Jack has presented in conference and school district settings both nationally and internationally. Jack served as a judge for the Disney American Teacher Awards and served on the selection committee for the USA TODAY All-Teacher Team.

Jack Berckemeyer is known for his motivating, practical ideas communicating a message of hope, laughter, and insight into education.

Jack was also the Assistant Executive Director for the National Middle School Association for 13 years and is the author of Managing the Madness - A Practical Guide to Middle Grades Classrooms. He is also the co-author of H.E.L.P. for Teachers. His most recent publications are Taming of the Team - How Great Teams Work Together and Deliberate Optimism - Reclaiming the Joy in Education, co-authored with Dr. Debbie Silver and Judith Baenen.

Jack is the owner of the Nuts and Bolts Symposiums, a highly acclaimed, never boring conference that focuses on practical.

Jack lives in Denver, Colorado and has no pets or plants.

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Testimonials / What Our Clients Say

  • “We have worked with Jack for the last three years, starting with an “opening day” presentation that was done in by a hurricane and presented in March with the same inspiring impact and continuing with consultations with our teams over a number of days during the school year. I have been the assistant principal here for 17 years and was a teacher on a sixth grade ‘team’ for 11 years before that and in the past three years Jack has brought our teams to a higher level than we were able to reach in the all the years before that. Jack not only knows what it means to be a great team, he can assess teams and work with them in a manner that gets people excited about the changes they need to make. Jack is one of the few educational ‘gurus’ that can truly deliver on the promises. He is what any school who is striving to meet the needs of every student through the development of highly functional teams needs.”

    Lisa Cushman Assistant Principal - Brunswick Junior High School
  • “The first time I met Jack was less than two months into my first year of teaching 7th grade. His presentation was the first professional development I had received and since then I have compared every other conference and presentation to his. I’m sure I won’t be the first (or the last) to say that nothing compares to an hour or two listening to Jack!

    Not only is he truly hilarious, but he shares relevant ideas that I have actually used in my classroom! Since listening to him in October 2011, I’ve been lucky enough to see him a handful of times. EACH time I am left with a stomach that aches from laughter and a busy mind that can’t stop pondering how and what to immediately incorporate into my classroom.

    I can assure you, you will not be disappointed if you take an opportunity to learn from Jack!”

    Emily Boone Kings Junior High School - Kings Mills, OH

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