Brian D'Ottavio named NJ School Counselor of the Year 2019

Brian D'Ottavio named NJ School Counselor of the Year 2019
This is the image for the news article titled Brian D'Ottavio named NJ School Counselor of the Year 2019It is with great pleasure and extreme pride that the Delsea Regional School District announces that Delsea Regional High School guidance counselor, Brian D'Ottavio, was just named the New Jersey School Counselor of the Year by the New Jersey School Counselors Association (NJSCA). Mr. D’Ottavio was selected from a vetting process that started at the county level, where he was named as School Counselor of the Year 2018. He then completed a comprehensive application, which included stringent judging criteria to select the state recipient. The applicants needed to exhibit the use of a data-driven school counseling program, continual professional development, high-quality speaking and writing skills, and leadership among the stakeholders of the district.

Mr. D'Ottavio's state application will be forwarded to the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), where he will be considered among other state recipients for the honor of National School Counselor of the Year 2019.

Dr. Piera Gravenor, Superintendent commented, “Mr. D’Ottavio is more than just an excellent school counselor for our students. He is a mentor, a sounding board, an advisor, a life coach, and an amazing role model. Our students and staff are better for having Brian D’Ottavio as part of our Delsea family.”

Delsea Regional High School principal, Paul Berardelli, added, “Brain D’Ottavio is a game-changer! He has taken on the very challenging job of making sure that our seniors are on track to graduate and pursue their future endeavors. Mr. D’Ottavio is always willing to volunteer his time to the students and staff of Delsea, helping us shine.”

Delsea Regional High School Guidance Director, Melissa Pilitowski stated, "Brian D'Ottavio is an invaluable part of the high school guidance team. His knowledge of the transition process for seniors to college and careers is second to none! He is an amazing resource. The students appreciate his patience and his organization." 

Brian is a Buena Regional High School graduate, who went on to receive his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He continued his education at West Chester (Masters of Education in School Counseling) and St. John's University (Masters of Arts in Asian Studies). Before starting his counseling career at Delsea, Brian taught English as a Second Language in Taipei Taiwan and worked for a luxury tour company in New York and Pennsylvania with a focus on Asian/African/Middle Eastern travel. Brian has visited over 25 countries and can speak Mandarin and Spanish. 

Since coming to Delsea, Brian has worked two years at the middle school and four at the high school. He is currently in his third year as the sole counselor for the entire senior class. "I really enjoy the college and career transition aspect of my job," he said. "Helping students get through one of the most stressful and important times in their young lives is very rewarding." 

Mr. D'Ottavio has been -- and is currently -- involved in many school activities and clubs. He is the co-adviser of the Class of 2018, the co-adviser of the Gay-Straight Alliance, and the counselor for Delsea's Alternative School program. In the past he has been the program coordinator for the middle school SHAPE program, a middle school Student Council Adviser, and the director of the middle school's "Wall of Character" initiative that highlights students who make positive choices. 

Currently, Brian is an adjunct professor with Wilmington University and is teaching a class for the Master of Education in School Counseling Program.