Social Emotional Learning

Why SEL?

As a member of our school community, we hope you appreciate the Social and Emotional Learning resources provided on this page. Ensuring the social and emotional well-being of students and staff helps us to cultivate a supportive school climate and culture. When school community members feel valued and safe, a sense of belonging is reinforced. This sense of belonging allows individuals to access the opportunities and resources our district offers each day. In addition, developing SEL competencies promotes success in school, college, and career.

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School Guidance Counselors

Mrs. Brown

Mrs. Brown's
Virtual Office

Memorial Middle School

Mrs. Schindler

Mrs. Koukourdelis'sVirtual Office
Margaret L. Vetter School

Lighthouse Teams

Each of the four schools in Eatontown Public Schools have a Lighthouse Team, an SEL-forward committee consisting of the building principal, guidance counselor, and other staff members. Each Lighthouse Team creates Leadership, Academic, and Culture goals that focus on equity, inclusion, and student social and emotional well-being. The purpose of the Lighthouse Team in each school is to coordinate the implementation of the Leader In Me process at a balanced pace to achieve desired results.

Memorial School

Margaret L. Vetter School

Woodmere School

Meadowbrook School

Deirdre Brown

Letitia Guenther

Nichole Brockriede

Principal Kristoffer Brogna

Courtney Koukourdelis

Danna Valenti

Casey Danback

Principal Tara Micciulla

Elizabeth Mooney

Jana Phelps

Danielle Feintuch

Principal Kevin Iozzi

Jessica Kuras

Jamie Johnson

Katelyn Oesterle

Principal Tiffany Boufford

Resources for Students, Parents, and Educators

School-Based Services

Eatontown Public Schools partners with local community health and wellness organizations to provide school-based services to the students of Eatontown. See below for more information about the programs and services available, and contact your child's school guidance counselor for information on how to participate in these programs.


YMCA of Greater Monmouth County

School-Based Counseling Services
Growing up isn’t always easy, especially given the pressures that today’s kids face at home and school, like getting bullied on social media, navigating standardized testing and struggling with difficult family issues. YMCA of Greater Monmouth County's Young People’s Program empowers children and adolescents to cope with difficult situations through 1:1 therapeutic counseling sessions in the convenience of their school. The Y’s school-based Young People’s Program helps schools address the behavioral and emotional health needs of their students.

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VNA Health Group

Visiting Nurse Association Health Group

School-Based Nurse Practitioner Program
Nurse Practitioners provide primary health care services at the school for children in Pre-K to high school. Services may include diagnosis and treatment of common childhood health issues, medication prescriptions, health screenings, and management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes.

NJ Family Care - Affordable health coverage. Quality care.

NJ FamilyCare is federal and state funded health insurance program created to help qualified New Jersey residents of any age access to affordable health insurance. NJ FamilyCare is for people who do not have employer insurance. NJ FamilyCare - New Jersey's publicly funded health insurance program - includes CHIP, Medicaid and Medicaid expansion populations. That means qualified NJ residents of any age may be eligible for free or low-cost healthcare coverage that covers doctor visits, prescriptions, vision, dental care, mental health and substance use services, and even hospitalization.

The entire application process can be completed online. If you are interested in enrolling in NJ FamilyCare please visit or call 1-800-701-0710 - multilingual operators available - TTY: 711 (for hearing impaired individuals).

Social Emotional Learning Information & Resources

Review the links and information below to find out more about Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how these concepts are being implemented throughout the Eatontown Public Schools district.


What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.


Benefits of SEL

More than two decades of research demonstrates that education promoting social and emotional learning (SEL) gets results. The findings come from multiple fields and sources, including student achievement, neuroscience, health, employment, psychology, classroom management, learning theory, economics, and the prevention of youth problem behaviors.


Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom is a student-centered, social and emotional learning approach to teaching and discipline. It is comprised of a set of research, and evidence-based practices designed to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms and school communities for both students and teachers.


Leader in Me

Leader in Me

The Leader in Me Framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture.

Instead of focusing on academic measures alone, Leader in Me embodies a holistic approach to education, redefining how schools measure success. This approach empowers educators with effective practices and tools to:

  • teach LEADERSHIP to every student,

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    create a CULTURE of student empowerment,

  • and align systems to drive results in ACADEMICS.

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Second Step

Second Step

For Kids, for Adults, for Everywhere!

Brought to you by Committee for Children, the Second Step® family of programs creates brighter futures for kids everywhere through a holistic approach to social-emotional learning.

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