Social Emotional Learning

Welcome to Foothills Elementary's Social Emotional Learning page. My name is Sarah Sterling and I am the Social Emotional Learning Specialist at Foothills Elementary. I am at Foothills on Wednesday's and Friday's and some Thursday's. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and have in depth experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of environments. Social Emotional Learning Specialists work on a prevention level with all students and staff,to implement social emotional supports and learning in the classroom, school, and community. I am so happy to be at Foothills Elementary! Please feel free to call or email me with any questions!

What is Social Emotional Learning?

The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes social emotional learning as “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” (, 2017).

The social emotional competency areas include:

  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Social Awareness
  • Relationship Skills
  • Responsible Decision Making

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