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Dana Hoover Review 


As a teacher in my 26th year, I have sat through many assemblies. I’ve watched speakers’ words go in one ear and out the other. Until today.


Jordan Toma shared his journey with our 4th through 8th graders. He engaged them and spoke to their hearts and minds. 


I can’t tell you how many faces lit up. They recognized themselves in Jordan’s story. They were moved. All of them. Jordan reached them in a way that no one else has been able to.


As I sat and watched Jordan’s presentation which felt like a rock concert at times with how cool and fun the vibe was, my heart exploded.


As a teacher and a parent of a child with an IEP, Jordan’s visit was the best “Professional Development” I have ever had. 


I wish every child could hear and see Jordan in person. It is his calling. He is a gift to us all/ 


Furthermore, Jordan’s story needs to be heard by every parent and adult in education. He will motivate you, remind you that you’re doing right by your child, and really make you understand that OUR WORDS become the inner thoughts of our students and children. 


Jordan…as you continue your journey, I encourage you to start exploring the possibility of talking directly to teachers and parents. 


Today, you made many kids feel stronger, stand a little taller, and understand that their struggle is their strength. Additionally, the parents and teachers that were in attendance benefited greatly. Thank you for helping us become better…to do better for our children and students.


The struggles you went through were actually blessings. God knew you needed to go through it in order to touch the lives of so many.


Dana Hoover

Third Grade Teacher

St. Gregory the Great Academy

Proud to be a Mom of a Kid With An IEP!


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