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Laurence F. Aucella

Title: School Counselor
Industry: Education/Research
Type of Organization: High School
Major Product/Service: Education, research
Expertise: Dr. Aucella specializes in student counseling, statistics and research. Since 1985 he has been an Adjunct Faculty member at various colleges and universities and taught Research Methods and at Post University and a thesis seminar at Western Connecticut State University Albertus Magnus College. Dr. Aucella is a School Counselor in the E.S.L. Program with Waterbury Adult Education, Waterbury, Connecticut. He is serving as a Coordinator for TIMSS Advanced Math Testing Research Project for Crosby High School, 2015.
Geographic Area of Distribution: Waterbury, Connecticut
Affiliations: A.P.A.; A.C.A.; President, La Casa Bienvenida, Waterbury Chapter
University/Degree: B.A., Cum Laude, Behavioral Science and Education, Anna Maria College, 1982; M.Ed., Development & Educational Psychology, Boston College, 1984; CAGS, Counseling, 1992; M.S., Research & Measurement, Southern Connecticut State University, 1996; Ed.D., University of Bridgeport, 1997; Candidate, Ph.D., Theological Studies, Graduate Theological Foundation
Born: July 24, 1959, Waterbury, Connecticut
Hobbies/Sports: Reading, book collecting, travel, educational cultural issues
Work History: Dr. Aucella began his educational career as a Student Teacher in a resource room at Chandler Street School, Worcester, Massachusetts in 1981. While attending Boston College, he interned at Boston Children's Hospital (Developmental Evaluation Clinic), the Boston Veterans Administration Hospital (Aphasia Unit) and the Hale Reservation (summer camp for children). After graduation in 1984, he returned home to Connecticut and received a position as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor for the Morris Foundation. He remained there for 14 months, becoming a School Counselor for Waterbury Adult Education in January 1986, a position he still holds albeit on a part-time evening basis. In January 2001, he was hired as an Elementary School Counselor at Rotella Magnet School in Waterbury. At the present time he works as a School Counselor at Crosby High School during day hours and at adult education in the evening. Dr. Aucella joined the Board of Directors of La Casa Bienvenida, a nonprofit senior center, in 1987. He served as the President from 1995 to 2012, until the conclusion of the dissolution of the nonprofit.
Honors & Awards: Humanitarian Award, Rivera Memorial Foundation, June 2006, received for work in the Hispanic community; Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem
Published Works: "Cerebral Dominance, English as a Second Language, Methodologies, Theory, earning and Acquisition for the Adult ESL Student", 1997, Description: xi, 247 p.: tables, figures; 23cm, Note: Includes bibliographical references p. 239-247, Subject: Cerebral dominance, OCLC # ocm39113526; "Principles of Cerebral Lateralization", University of Hartford (independent study research); "Here Comes the Angel with Big Wings", Unico Magazine, 2013; "An Analysis of Demographic and Motivational Factors Which Predict Success in Completing the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults in Select Urban Areas in the Northeast," doctoral proposal; "Jesus, Mary, I Love You, Save Souls," Unico Magazine, 2015 (in submission); The Creation and Evolution Interaction, Graduate Theological Foundation - Monograph Series, 2015 (in submission)
Career Accomplishments: Dr. Aucella's Philosophy of Education and Guidance is as follows: American Education was founded on the belief that each student has God-given intrinsic worth and rights. Moreover, it is incumbent on educators to know themselves and their students as unique and special persons capable of positive growth. By and large, students proceed through life with various experience and changing developmental features. In essence, these students progress through stages via an interaction with their respective environments which results in either enhancing or suppressing sets of various strengths and weaknesses in different domains and ways. Certainly, the evolution of American Schools must include working "hand in hand" with a myriad of social services in order to meet all of the student's diverse needs. This includes intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social aspects. Therefore, schools must be preventive, developmental, remedial, creative, positive, and successful. This may occur in a milieu by which educators continually seek to meet the various needs of all students via a planned, structured, sequential, and flexible instructional program consisting of individual, group, and classroom activities. However, this is best achieved with "boundless compassion" by educators who facilitate the educational process by drawing from their Source within in order to provide the proper guidance for students. Therefore, it is imperative for educators to recognize that individual students react as a whole being to stimuli since there exists a myriad of variables both known and unknown making each student unique with the potential to become whole to the greatest and fullest extent.