What Educators Say
Jon has an amazing energy that effectively captures the students’ attention right from the onset of his visits. He involves the students by utilizing a questioning strategy that really motivates the students to take risks. He guides them to discover how all the pieces of the weather fit together, so that they were actually constructing their own weather knowledge. His wonderful sense of humor keeps the students interested and facilitates the delivery of the content.
- K. M., Veteran Teacher, Parkside Elementary, Solon City Schools
Jon Loufman is a contagiously enthusiastic presenter who makes learning about the weather exciting for students of all ages by explaining this difficult topic in ways that are both fun and easy to understand.
- B. B., Principal, Miles Park Elementary, Cleveland City Schools
Jon’s energy and expertise literally captivated our students. His ‘Atmosphere Adventures’ presentation not only engaged them in thought-provoking ways, but he utilized material that would help them to be successful on the Ohio Achievement Test. I highly recommend Jon’s presentation.
- B. H., Elyria City Schools
I’m so glad I was able to share your presentation this morning with Mrs. Alberti’s 4th grade class at Vincent Elementary. While your expertise in the weather department is beyond reproach, I was equally impressed with your ability to connect with the class and generate science-enthusiasm. As the district Instruction & Curriculum Director, I am always trying to communicate those skills that engender student knowledge absorption and retention — your ability to convey the vocabulary, get all of the students involved, and utilize hands-on instruction were excellent examples of high-quality instruction. I’m sure the students will remember the science as much as the event — I know I will.
M. T-B., Curriculum Director, Clearview Local Schools
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for coming to Avon Middle School for your OAA/Weather review program. You do a great job presenting the information in an age-appropriate fashion, and you keep the students actively engaged. I enjoyed the session and I believe the information presented has wonderfully enhanced the middle school science curricula. Thanks, again, for bringing your dynamic and beneficial science program to our middle school students.
V. F., Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Avon Local School District
Once again, I would like to thank you for the wonderful presentation you gave to our eighth graders last week. Having taught for about 20 years, it was obvious to me that you were very knowledgeable about the content of the OAA and OAT tests. The content of your presentation was extremely applicable and the students really enjoyed how you actively involved them! Thanks again for the wonderful presentation. I look forward to seeing you again next year!
D.K., Eighth Grade Science Teacher, Keystone Middle School
I am writing this letter to express my sincere appreciation for the Atmosphere Adventures workshop you presented for the three, fourth and fifth grade classes. I especially loved the hands-on component of the Atmosphere Adventures Program. Having the students participate in science workshops helps them to retain the material. I will contact you in the fall to schedule presentations for next year. Until then, continue to spread the wonderful knowledge of weather to students!
T. M. S., M.Ed., Fourth Grade Teacher, Chestnut Elementary School
Thank you again for coming to Durling to share your wonderful presentation with all our fifth graders. The children are still talking about the many facts they learned from you. Thank you also for the great science materials and the Tote umbrella. You held their attention for the entire program with your engaging demonstrations. Your energy, enthusiasm, and sense of humor helped make the experience an interactive activity in which the students learned concepts that support the Ohio Achievement Test and had fun at the same time. Thank you again and I hope we can have you back next year!
- P. N., 5th Grade Science Teacher
Thanks so much for your wonderful presentation here at Lorain High School. I received much positive feedback! The Science Teachers at General Johnnie Wilson Middle School would love to have you present your program to their students. Please let me know what would work for you.
- J. Y., Lorain HS & Gen. Johnnie Wilson MS
Many thanks for the superb program you presented at Forestlawn Elementary yesterday. Your refreshing sense of humor, vast knowledge, and presentation style made for a very informative and enjoyable experience. Your use of visuals and audience participation captured the attention of the students. This was a good “refresher” for the upcoming Science OAT next month. We hope to have you back again!!
- L. H., Science Teacher, Forestlawn Elementary School
On behalf of the Library and Friends of Avon Lake Public Library, I want to thank you for coming yesterday! It ended up a respectable sized group and definitely an intergenerational one that thoroughly enjoyed the program. You have a great way of including audience participation and that is key to a successful program. Thanks again!
- J. R., Avon Lake Public Library
I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for coming to Avon Middle School for your OAT/Weather review program. You do a great job presenting the information in an age-appropriate fashion, and you keep the students actively engaged. I enjoyed the session I attended several weeks and I believe the information presented has wonderfully enhanced the middle school science curricula. Thanks, again, for bringing your dynamic and beneficial science program to our middle school students.
- V. F., Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Avon Local School District
You did a great job with demonstrations that were interesting and effective. Our students have a better understanding of weather and that should help them on the OAT in May.
- E. D., Teacher, Helen S. Rice Elementary School
Just wanted to let you know how much the students enjoyed your presentation on Feb 12th Some of the students came back the next day hoping you’d be back for them on the 13th. I was able to see a different side to some of my students that made me very proud of them. Each group will present to their class a review of what you shared with them for their OAT test. It is great for the students when someone else presents material to them.
- P. I., Whittier 8th grade Science Teacher
Jon is a fantastic resource and one that I’m sure we will want to repeat in the future. His presentation fit perfectly within the 4th grade content standards, a fact that certainly impressed me.
- C. L., Principal, Midview Schools
I would like to thank you for making my son so interested in the weather. You were out at his school (Liberty Elementary in North Ridgeville) last week and you are all he has talked about since.
- L. F., Mother
Thank you so much for coming to our fifth grade class at Prospect. We really enjoyed your presentation and will continue to work on our weather units to prepare the Ohio Achievement Test. We appreciate your time and the knowledge you shared with the kids and hope to see you again next year.
- L. A., 5th Grade Teacher, Prospect School
Thank you for coming to Windsor Elementary to share your knowledge of weather. We appreciated your time and your expertise. The students enjoyed your presentation. Here are some direct quotes from students regarding your visit:
“I thought he was going to be just a boring, old weather guy, but he was funny.”
“I thought it was cool that he knows all that.”
“We liked taking the imaginary bus to the imaginary beach.”
“I liked learning why our ears pop, but I know my head is not hollow.”
We hung the posters you gave us up on our wall. We certainly found the information you shared with us to be of great benefit. What a wonderful way to conclude our unit study of weather! It would be great if you could come back to visit us again next year.
- M. B. and the Fourth Grade Students at Windsor Elementary