Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Staffing & Roles for the SEL Team at Discovery
Elizabeth Hughes (Behavioral Specialist)- The Behavioral Specialist is responsible for giving individualized assistance to students with behavioral difficulties. She is an integral part of creating behavior systems, protocols and practices in conjunction with all other staff. She develops a strong rapport with students and families in order to promote social and emotional well-being.
Kaleigh Jacobson (Student Services Coordinator) provides leadership and professional development to drive both academic and social/emotional intervention school-wide. She also ensures compliance of, and improving upon, established policies, practices, procedures and/or regulations dealing with Response to Intervention (RtI), Special Education, Social Emotional Learning, and Crisis Intervention.
Rita Nilsson (School Social Worker)-The School Social Worker’s responsibilities include providing information to students, parents, and school staff. Addressing relevant issues in the school, such as school attendance, illegal drugs, mental health concerns, behavioral concerns, positive behavioral support, academic, and classroom support, consultation with teachers, parents, and administrators as well as provide individual and group meetings. Serves as community liaison.
Frederick Dicks (Dean of students)- The Dean is primarily responsible for providing social-emotional support to students and faculty. The Dean is responsible for creating and sustaining behavior systems, protocols and practices in alignment to the Responsive Classroom philosophy. The Dean has a strong rapport with students and families that promotes social and emotional well-being.
Jeff Perrigo & Justin Nilsson (SEL Support)- The SELS is responsible for giving individualized assistance to students having difficulty in school. The SEL team is responsible for supervising and implementing daily interventions for students participating in the Therapeutic Alterative to Suspension program. The SEL team in conjunction with other staff will support in the creation of behavior systems, protocols and practices. The SEL team has a strong rapport with students and families that promotes social and emotional well-being.