Mr. Eugene Colucci (b. 1948) is a Spanish teacher at Buena Regional High School in Atlantic County, New Jersey. This is his twentieth year as an educator at BRHS in the New Jersey public school system. Before this, Mr. Colucci spent nineteen years teaching in the Catholic school system of Philadelphia (St. Peter’s Elementary, Bishop Neumann High School, and St. Maria Goretti High School). He has a unique perspective because he spent so much time in both the public and private school environments. He describes his youth in the Catholic school system of Philadelphia and describes growing up in a predominantly Italian-American neighborhood in South Philadelphia. Mr. Colucci earned a BA in Liberal Arts from Millersville University in 1970 and a MA in Bi-Lingual Bi-Cultural studies from La Salle in 1991. He continued his studies in education by earning Supervisor Certificates from Rowan University in Spanish, Elementary Education, Bi-Lingual studies, and ESL (English as a Second Language). Before his professional career began Mr. Colucci served in the Army National Guard in 1970. During his time in the service he was a company clerk and befriended an Army photographer who taught him how to operate a camera. This knowledge of photography helped him get a job at St. Maria Goretti because they had a dark room but no educator who could operate it. Mr. Colucci eventually purchases a local camera studio, “Castileana Studios”, through which he operated his own photography business that catered to weddings and special events. This interview documents Mr. Colucci’s life, cultural heritage, military service, and how La Salle helped him transfer into a career in public education.
Colucci, Eugene and Seelhorst Jr, Robert G., "Interview of Eugene Colucci" (2013). All Oral Histories. 44.
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