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Actually thank you! I grew up with being on an IEP and I always felt like the black sheep. I have ADHD and reading comprehension. In school I would feel like I had to come up with excuses when my friends asked me why I would go into another room during tests. I was always so self conscious on the grades i got when i tried my best. It was a little hard bringing me back to how a place in my life that I hated so much but hearing your entire story you helped me realize that our weakness really do turn into our strengths and it’s so beautiful to realize how much I’ve grown and worked to be where I am today! So thank you for putting an amazing perspective on a topic I thought I would always be ashamed about!

- student

Paul Mitchell The School, Fresno

May 2024

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Hi Jordan! I remember this week you came to our school in Michigan. I remember you said to check out your social media and I don't have all the cool things but I found your YouTube! Sorry if this is weird but I just wanted to say that your talk was really inspiring and I can truly relate to the things you said. What was really funny is when you were saying some revelant struggles, my friend kept looking back at me, because she knows I go through the same. I think what you do is amazing and I might check out your book later on. I didn't talk to you because I of course had fricken anxiety. But I have dyslexia, ADHD, anxiety, and insomnia, and it kind of makes it hard to focus in class, I'm not gonna lie. Anyways, I hope you have a great day!

- high school student

Michigan

May 2024

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Hey Jordan!

 

You may not remember me but I was the school psychologist you spoke with at Nottingham High School in Hamilton NJ this year. Often times when we have guests speak at our school their words and message unfortunately fade with time. Yesterday, I overheard students speaking about your visit in a very positive regard. Later the same day I was surprised to find a signed copy of your book sitting on my desk, specifically addressed to me. When you had told me that you would ensure a copy makes it back to my school I believed you, but I understood that you were on your rock star world tour and that more than likely this would soon be understandably forgotten. I wanted to reach out and let you know that gestures such as this speak more to your character than you know, and the impact you have had on both staff and students here at Nottingham has been profound to say the least. Thank you so much for not only the kindness you have shown myself and my students, but also for putting forth such an effort to make a positive impact on students’ lives. 

 

You rock Jordan. Even on those miserably tough days, know that your effort is making a difference. Thank you again for all that you do and I hope our paths cross in the future soon!

- school psychologist 

Nottingham High School

Mercerville, NJ

March 2024

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Hands down, absolutely the best speaker I've ever heard!

- teacher

McHenry County, IL

April 2024

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Hi Jordan! You were just at my school yesterday at Marian Central! I wanted to let you know how much your message resonates with me. I have been diagnosed with adhd for 13 years (i’m 17). It’s always been something that I’ve felt embarrassed about. I never told anyone. This year (my junior year) was the first time I told even my best friends. I’m scared that they’ll see me differently or think that I’m weird. Your message really made me understand how we are all so different but that is what makes us beautiful. Thank you for spreading this beautiful message. And bringing awareness to this topic!

- student

Marian Central Catholic High School

Woodstock, IL

April 2024
 

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Hey Jordan im a student at Woodstock north high school i just wanted to say omg everything you where talking about i relate to so much i have an IEP and ADHD i relate to everything you said from being scared to raise your hand and getting the question wrong to not wanting to read because you would get the words wrong and people would laugh. my life is really hard right now i struggle with school everyday when you came to school on Tuesday for me it was a really really hard day i woke up at 5am and it was so hard for me to even stay together that day. you have truly changed the way i look at life now and you inspired me to even on my bad days to keep going honestly i think you are my new idol. You have changed my mind set and im so happy you talked to our school Tuesday because if you hadn't idk where i would be right now your so inspiaring and its really incredible what you are doing to get your voice heard i read your book in just 1 day and it was so amazing your story truly amazing i juts wanted to say thank you for making me realize that even when my life is hard there is always a brght light at the end of the day. i went straight home and gave my mom a big hug and told her thank you for everything she has done for me! thank you so much for everything jordan its really incredible

-student

Woodstock North High School

Woodstock, IL

April 2024

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Had the opportunity to hear @imjustakidwithaniep speak at Marian Central Catholic today. Jordan is a dynamic speaker with a story and that can resonate with so many people, me included,

Two things stuck in my head:
1. My struggle Is my strength.
2. It's not about the grades but rather the journey to get those grades.

 

If you don't know him, check him out. You won't be disappointed!

- Shawn

Woodstock, IL

April 2024

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Hi Jordan- my son and I got home not too long ago from your amazing event tonight. I’m sure you’re tired after a long day. I just had to let you know how special you are and just how much of an impact you have on the people you speak to. 

 

I have been a fan of yours for a while. I always comment on your mom videos, as they really hit home as a mom of three young adult boys. I also talked to you in the beginning of the school year in hopes of trying to get you to my school to speak to the students. I’m still working on that. 🤞I know you hear stories from so many of the kids that you meet but I just had to let you know how much my son A. got out of meeting you tonight. He also became a fan after I sent him and his two brothers many of your mom videos as well as some of your other inspirational videos about never giving up and all of that. I would always speak to him about you and how you struggled with so many things and persevered and look at where you are now. So he didn’t give me any argument when I mentioned your event a while ago and we got our tickets. I only wish my other two were able to attend.

A. who is my youngest, he’s 20, has been struggling, major struggles in school since preschool, and some health stuff over the last couple of years. He had to have multiple surgeries and finally is doing better with that, but is still in such a very tough place. All of my kids are, but he’s been struggling the most lately and I just can’t even tell you, and I’m tearing right now as I’m writing this, just how much your honesty and openness with your own struggles really resonated with him tonight. We had a great discussion on the way home and he thought you were great and he knew you were real, otherwise he and a lot of those kids that were there tonight, would’ve not listened to you so intently. You have an honesty and a way of captivating your audience just by being you. There were so many things that you said that I always say to him, but I think hearing it from somebody else that’s been through similar struggles, especially the school stuff and the confidence, just meant so much. It’s not easy for a lot of these kids to sit for over two hours and listen to somebody so intently, yet as I looked around the auditorium, everybody was so focused and listening to your every word and I can’t thank you enough for being so authentic. 

 

Your ability to connect with these kids is amazing and even the little boy Liam just sharing his story in front of everybody was amazing and that’s what you do for these kids and for us parents. Hearing you talk about your mom all the time, she reminds me of me and all of the other moms and dads sitting in the audience tonight. I literally can go on and on, I don’t even know if you’re going to get this message but I hope you do. I’m sure you get lots of them from people around the world, but I just wanted to let you know how special you are. My son said to me, I felt like he was talking to me, and I said, A, that’s when you know you have an amazing person up on that stage because they make it seem like they’re talking to you directly and I reminded him that everybody in that audience no matter how old they were, were struggling in some way, even us parents. Thank you for all you do. It is invaluable to the kids and the parents both. I’m so glad your mom never gave up on you and most importantly, that you never gave up on you and I hope that’s what A. and everybody in that auditorium away from tonight. I hope you get some much-needed rest tonight. And thank you again! Tonight you validated everything I knew you were and more and it was an honor for my son and I to meet you.

- parent

Long Island, NY

April 2024

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Yo dude you were at my school today in bayport blue point i just wanted to say that was real cool keep doing u man

- student

James Wilson Young Middle School

Bayport, NY

April 2024

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Hey jordan! I just wanted to say thank you for coming to my school today. You really changed my perspective on life and you taught me to be greatful for my mom. My mom follows you and she admires your kind words. I really listened to everything you said today and i’m never going to forget it. Thank you for changing lives and keep doing what you’re doing.

- student

James Wilson Young Middle School

Bayport, NY

April 2024

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Hey Jordan just reaching out idk if ur going to see this u came to my middle school today James Wilson young and I loved what u said thank you

- student

James Wilson Young Middle School

Bayport, NY

April 2024

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thanks dude! For everything that story reached me I’m sure it reached others

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James Wilson Young Middle School

Bayport, NY

April 2024

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Hi! I was one of the students you talked to and I just want you to know you changed my life.

So thank you

- student

March 2024

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Hey Jordan, I saw your speech. You came to my school, the mount olive high school in New Jersey. I just thought that your speech was so inspiring. And thank you for coming. ❤️ You helped me learn to appreciate those who support you the whole way and really to appreciate my mom. I really think you changed my life. Thank you! ❤️

- high school student

Mount Olive High School

Flanders, NJ

March 2024

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I am a kid from Mount Pleasant I just want to say I loved your show today and I've been struggling with my mental health for the past few months and I just wanted to say your speech about mental health and all that really helped me keep going thanks man I appreciate you💯💯

- high school student

Mount Pleasant, PA

March 2024

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Finding Jordan Toma to address students' lagging skills in perseverance, motivation and the reality of working hard was great!  He is so relatable for students. They were mesmerized.

 

At our school, we will continue to use his motto, "Your struggle is your strength," and reference him and his story when working with our students.

 

Thank you-

Lynn Cummings

School Counselor

Lester C. Noecker School

Roseland, NJ

March 2024

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Henry B. Whitehorne Middle School

600 Bloomfield Avenue

Verona, New Jersey 07044

January 27, 2024

 

Dear Fans of Jordan Toma,

 

If you are considering Jordan Toma for a speaking engagement, my advice is to contact his office immediately. If you have been inspired by Jordan’s book or by his videos, let me assure you that you will be even more inspired after you hear him speak in person. 

 

The day of the visit, Jordan arrived early to prepare everything and to say hello to staff. As soon as the students entered the room, Jordan began interacting with them, talking to them and giving out prizes. 

 

We squeezed 670 students in grades 5 through 8 into the school gym, but you could hear a pin drop when Jordan began speaking. He moved throughout the crowd, and really connected with our students. He spoke from the heart, sharing his struggles with ADHD, anxiety, and dyslexia. What I love most about Jordan’s message is that he is so unflinchingly honest. He doesn’t hold anything back. He is a great role model who proves that it’s cool to be sensitive and admit to your vulnerabilities. He teaches students that everyone struggles, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. He promises them that things get better because part of being human is getting better at handling whatever challenges life brings. I had to hold back tears as I saw my students looking up at him with such hope in their eyes.

 

There is no doubt in my mind that Jordan is a remarkable person with a unique gift. Somehow he is able to walk into a room of over 700 people and make each and every single person, child or adult, feel seen. I feel blessed to have met Jordan and to have had the opportunity to introduce him to my school community. All of the feedback I received from staff, students, and parents was overwhelmingly positive. 

 

I look forward to the day when I can invite Jordan back to my school. I hope you have a chance to meet Jordan, too.

 

Sincerely, 

Jen Kleinknecht, School Librarian
HBW Middle School

jkleinknecht@veronaschools.org

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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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