Title: Special Education Educator, Researcher
Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey, United States
Jeffry P. La Marca, Special Education Educator and Researcher, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education research.
With a great love for children, education, and research, Dr. La Marca combined his passions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in behavioral science from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona in 1982, a Master of Arts in education from California State University, San Bernardino 1988, and later a Ph.D. in special education from the University of California, Riverside in 2014. He currently teaches as an assistant professor at Seton Hall University and has previously served the University of California, Riverside as an instructor and lecturer, as well as instructor within the Institute for the Study of the Multiple Intelligences. Dr. La Marca has been a lecturer and also as a curriculum analyst for the ArtsBridge Project at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, Dr. La Marca worked as the Language Lab Administrator for the Soka University of America, a music specialist for the Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, California, an instructor within the Child Development Department at Victor Valley College, and a tenured teacher at the Capistrano Unified School District, the San Bernardino City Unified School District, and the Victor Elementary School District.
In addition to these occupations, Dr. La Marca has served as a faculty reviewer on the editorial board of the California Association of School Psychologists, Contemporary School Psychology since 2018 and as a guest reviewer for a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, Review of Educational Research, since 2016. He was honored as a May 2019 GEM (Generalized Empirical Method) Fellow of the Praxis Program by the Advanced Seminar on Mission at the Center for Vocation and Servant Leadership and the Center for Catholic Studies at the Bernard J. Lonergan Institute. He has been honored as a Knight Commander of the Military Order of St. Sebastian, Order of the Arrow in 2019 and as a Knight of Merit by the Royal Confraternity of Saint Theotonius in 2016.
Of all his achievements, Dr. La Marca considers watching children learn and succeed to be the most rewarding aspect. He is currently examining the use of neurofeedback to help children with attention deficit disorder and will continue pursing research that he hopes will help children. His research includes, but is not limited to, “Historical overview of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder and neurofeedback: Implications for academic achievement, assessment, and intervention in schools,” published in Contemporary School Psychology in 2018. Dr. La Marca’s collaborative research includes “Evaluation of artifact-corrected electroencephalographic (EEG) training: A pilot study,” published in Journal of Neural Transmission in 2018 and “Neurofeedback as an intervention to improve reading achievement in students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, inattentive subtype,” published in NeuroRegulation in 2016.
Dr. La Marca is also an accomplished bassoonist/contrabassoonist and has been a member of the Mexico City Philharmonic. He currently performs with numerous chamber music groups, orchestras, and opera companies including the New York Kammermusiker, the New York Repertory Orchestra, and the Amore Opera. As a strong advocate for music education, he has served on the National Board of Trustees of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, is the founding President of the Inland Counties Chapter, American Orff-Schulwerk Association (est. 1989), and as President of the California Music Educators Association, Southern Section.
As a testament to his success, Dr. La Marca has been awarded with the Seton Hall University Research Council Grant, the U.S. Department Education Special Education Leadership Fellowship from 2012 to 2014, and the Biofeedback Society California Student Scholarship in 2013. He has been lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.
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