Laura DeCillis, MCC Excellence in Teaching Part Time 2018
Laura De Cillis is a Professional Licensed Social Worker serving both the greater New York and New Jersey Areas. She is the Founder of Angelaura, ltd. Her philosophy resides on engaging each child in a caring and respectful fashion in the comforts of his/her own sur- roundings. Her work includes, but is not limited to, play, art, talk, and creative therapies, with her focus and mission constant: listen and guide each child toward reaching his/her greatest potential.
Ms. De Cillis graduated from Livingston College, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work. After graduating, she was sponsored for an intensive bioethics certification program at The Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University. Upon completion, she began an advanced standing program at Silver School of Social Work (formerly Shirley M. Ehrenkranz School of Social Work), New York University, New York earning a Masters in Social Work. Throughout her past experiences, education, and continued extensive volunteer ventures the at- mosphere she provides for each child is overflowing with empathy and compassion.
Since 2000, Ms. De Cillis has been an integral part of the History and Social Sciences Department at Middlesex County College as an Ad- junct Professor. She has taught an array of courses beginning with Sociology off campus in the Charles Gregory Nursing Program, then continuing on campus with Marriage and the Family, Contemporary Social Problems, Psychology of Death and Dying, Psychology, Child Psychology, Lifespan Development, Community and Agency Coun- seling and Counseling Theories and Techniques. She continues to bring her life experiences into the class room making each en- counter with her students subtle yet impactful; if a student believes in his/her self the sky is the limit.
In 2014, Ms. De Cillis began volunteering in the Mentoring Program through the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and in 2013, she was appointed as a new member of the Council for Adjunct Faculty Development (CAFD).