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Mr. Mike Vecellio, VecellioM@district279.org

Counseling

Where did you go to school and what is your previous job experience?

Benilde-St. Margaretís HS; St Johnís University- B.A. Degree; Univ. of MN- M.A. Degree; I have worked with children and adolescents in other settings, including stints at St. Josephís Home for Children and Washburn Child Guidance Center. My first job as a school counselor was at St. Francis High School. I worked there for 5 years.

When was your first year at Park Center?

1999

What is your teaching philosophy?

Make positive connections with students, let them know youíre there by supporting them, allow them to develop and mature as individuals and students.

Why did you choose your profession?

I enjoy being around youth and trying to have a positive impact on their learning.

What is your favorite quote?

That which does not kill me makes me stronger.

In what room(s) can you commonly be found?

Counseling office

Additional Comments(hobbies)?

I also coach tennis at PC.

Advice for students going to college?

The applicant pool for colleges grows more competitive every year. You can not afford to take your high school years lightly. Devote time to your studies now and you will have more opportunities, as a result, later

Biggest pet peeve?

People who fail to take responsibility about the events in their lives and constantly blame others.

Sum up your career at Park Center in one word

Diverse

If you were required to find a different job then what you are currently doing, what would you choose?

Thatís a tough question. I might return to landscaping, a manual labor job that I found satisfying because you could see what you accomplished at the end of each day. Although itís not as personally fulfilling as being a school counselor, it does have a creative component. It also provided me much peace and tranquility.