Teacher Education Department to present suicide awareness program as part of American Education Week activities

The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department will present a suicide awareness program on Wednesday, Nov. 14 in recognition of American Education Week, Nov. 11-17. Joseph V. DeLucca, Jr., director of federal, state and non-public programs for Luzerne Intermediate Unit 18, will present, “Preventing Suicide: It Starts with One,” from 1-3:30 p.m. in the Huntzinger and Alden Trust Rooms 218-219 of Sandy and Marlene Insalaco Hall. The program is open free to the public.

DeLucca is an adjunct professor at King’s College and Marywood University, where he teaches courses on crisis response, school safety and counseling. He has created the program, “Music with a Message: A Suicide Education and Prevention Program for Teens.” His latest initiatives include serving on the Anti-Bullying Coalition of Luzerne County and as president of the Luzerne County Safe Schools Committee.

DeLucca of Pittston Twp., Pa., is a graduate of Bloomsburg University. He holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and his superintendent’s certificate from Marywood University. He is a certified crisis response team trainer for the National Organization for Victims Assistance, and is certified by the National Incident Management System. DeLucca is also a trained facilitator for the Parent-to-Parent Program. His past experience includes teaching and coaching at Wyoming Area High School, counseling and coaching at Mid Valley High School, and serving as dean of students at Seton Catholic High School and as assistant principal at Wyoming Valley West Middle School.

The Misericordia University Teacher Education Department will also host an American Education Week reception to recognize area educators for their work with the University’s student teachers. The reception will be held Nov. 14 at 5:45 p.m. in rooms 218-219 of Insalaco Hall. Among the teachers being honored are Jane Denion, a special education teacher at Wyoming Valley Children’s Association, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Mary Gilson, a teacher at Wallenpaupack Area High School, Hawley, Pa.; Kerri Manning, a preschool teacher at Adventures in Learning, Dallas, Pa., and Joanne Yanchick, a teacher at Evans Falls Elementary School, Tunkhannock, Pa. Yanchick is a Misericordia University graduate who earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education summa cum laude in 2007.

A fifth award, the Guardian Angel Award, will be given to Joan Marie Radle, a member of the administrative staff at Wyoming Area School District, Wyoming, Pa., for her assistance to Misericordia University student teachers on assignment in the district.