Mequon-Thiensville School District

Social-Emotional Learning

A student’s social and emotional health is of critical importance to his or her well-being. Social and emotional learning enhances students’ capacity to integrate skills, attitudes and behaviors to deal effectively and ethically with daily tasks and challenges.

There is a Social Emotional Coach present at each school within the Mequon-Thiensville School District. These individuals provide leadership and coaching to grow teachers' capacity in the area of social-emotional welfare and support to our school families with the belief that through attending to the social-emotional health of all students, academic achievement will rise as well.

Social Emotional Coaches focus on issues related to:

  • Social acceptance of all students and families in our school community,
  • Emotional health of all students,
  • Development of tenacity and perseverance in our students and the staff who serves them, and
  • Cultivation of a climate and culture where equity and social justice is the standard by which all student-related decisions are made.

Student Social-Emotional Competencies

CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, has identified five connected sets of competencies:

  • Self-Awareness: Recognizing emotions, assessing ones’ strengths and challenges
  • Self-Management: Controlling emotions and impulses, managing stress, self-motivation, setting and achieving goals
  • Social Awareness: Identifying others’ emotions, showing empathy, understanding other perspectives
  • Relationship Skills: Building healthy relationships, communication skills, conflict resolution, working, playing and learning with others
  • Responsible Decision-making: Making wise choices, evaluating potential consequences

Donges Bay

Emily McDevitt

Oriole Lane

Brenda Pepke


Stacey Knight

Lake Shore

Beula Sundararajan


Amber Ringstad


Terry Carr