- IU Northwest
Hawthorn Hall 431
Jon Becker served as a high school math teacher for 8 years in the Gary School Corporation before moving on to Indiana University Northwest, where he has taught in the Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Science since 1996.
Jon has become one of IU Northwest’s most respected and decorated teachers, having won 2 awards for campus service and 8 awards for excellence in teaching. In 2014, Jon was awarded the Indiana University President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching—IU’s highest award for teaching excellence.
Jon is passionate about serving high school and college students and faculty, business and professional organizations, family groups, and men’s groups with his message of overcoming failure and achieving success.
“I enjoyed your talk…Thanks for sharing your wit and wisdom on what folks now often call resilience. You presented valuable life lessons.”
Leonard Williams, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education and Social Sciences, Manchester University, Manchester, Indiana
“Thanks for coming today, and for your excellent keynote sessions. This was the best keynote we've had in my ten Faculty Workshops.”
Kathryn Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry,
Manchester University, Manchester, Indiana
“It was great to hear someone talk about education and not feel like he had to use the words ‘data’ or ‘standardized tests’. [Jon] showed us that working with and motivating young people can be the most important thing. We all know the importance of data, but it’s good to learn new ways that we can motivate our students to want to learn.”
Rick Defries, Principal, Covenant Christian School, Demotte, Indiana
“Jon had a great presentation about building relationships and motivating students. He has funny stories and keeps the presentation to the point. It was refreshing to hear somebody talk about the good things we (high school teachers) are doing.”
Casey Hines, Teacher, Winamac High School, Winamac, Indiana
"What impressed me most was Jon's empathetic view from a myriad of perspectives. (student, teacher, administrator, and parent) ... Jon's eclectic personal experiences coupled with his anecdotal stories gave validity to his reputation as a motivational speaker! Jon's words resonated with me on a personal level.”
Don Darda, Teacher, Winamac High School, Winamac, Indiana
“As the organizer of our event, Jon made me look good! His heartfelt stories touched our lives and our hearts. Jon is a speaker who gets it - it's about the audience! We will definitely invite him back for our next event.”
Carol Crouse, VP of Education, Calumet Toastmasters
Fees: Negotiable Stipend, plus Travel Expenses