Barnegat Board of Ed Appoints K-8 Student Assistance Counselor

Michele D. Cucinotta
K-8 Student Guidance Coordinator/
Drug Free Neighborhood Support Coordinator (Supplied Photograph)
It was 34 yrs back last fall when Michele Cucinotta commenced her education job as a trainer at the Cecil Collins College in Barnegat Township. But as the yrs went on, Cucinotta observed that possibly she needed a job modify.
When she loved instructing, she identified that she wanted to function with youngsters on a additional personal level, which had its restrictions in the classroom. Cucinotta then grew to become a faculty counselor, a posture she has experienced in the district for 23 years.
But lately, her part was expanded as the board of education appointed her in a twin-title situation as the new K-8 scholar assistance coordinator/Drug Absolutely free Neighborhood support coordinator.
Dan Gundersen, district director of university student providers, said Cucinotta’s new place is funded by a $125,000 annually Drug Totally free Group grant for the up coming 10 many years.
“The grant money can help her acquire applications and unique assignments not just for the university district, but the group as a full,” claimed Gundersen. “She has a lot of trustworthiness in the local community, and her new role will allow her to touch the life of learners all over the K-8 district in its place of doing the job out of just one developing.”
Cucinotta, who is at the moment based at the Joseph Donahue Elementary Faculty, reported she would be ready to work with pupils who may perhaps be at danger for drug abuse, or have academic and social troubles or lower self-esteem.
“I want to be right here not only for the students, but also as section of the local community outreach,” she stated.
As an example of local community involvement, Cucinotta helped a team of learners get started an Undertake-a Street, the place volunteers carried out cleanups in different neighborhoods. At that time, she was counselor at the Lillian Dunfee Elementary Faculty.
Past calendar year, Cucinotta started off a Facebook group named “Barnegat Encouraging Barnegat,” wherever members donated to needy households.
Richard Quelch, board of instruction vice president and chairman of the staff committee, mentioned, “She wishes to be there to assist folks in have to have, so she is the correct particular person for this new position. She has completed so much for the pupils and men and women in town.”
“Michele has been the cornerstone of so many fantastic initiatives at the Dunfee University,” extra district Superintendent Brian Latwis. “I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes in this new position.”  —E.E.

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