My mission is to provide unique and innovative canine inspired curricula with the sole purpose of helping students acquire and effectively apply the social emotional knowledge and skills necessary to be more successful in school and in life. I’m committed to social emotional education, student success, and know that the future depends on a commitment to supporting the social emotional growth of our children. Pawsitively SEL Curriculum is the place to start! My curriculum provides teachers the opportunity to use explicit instruction in fundamental social and emotional lessons that will help students cope with interpersonal problems throughout life. I understand how busy teachers are so I've created lessons and activities that are integrated with ELA standards and heavy in literacy, which makes the Curriculum pawsitively perfect to be taught in the ELA classroom. Pawsitively is built on a respect and deep love for children and dogs. I think the two are a pretty powerful pair, especially when we can harness the love for canines and use it to teach SEL skills in a fun and easy way! Research suggests that when animals are involved in education, even in vicarious ways, they provide a trusting, empathetic environment where students feel safe to open their hearts and minds to learn and share sensitive issues in ways that they might not otherwise do, all while growing their social emotional intelligence.
Regardless of one's educational philosophy or teaching style anyone can easily implement the lessons. The curriculum format allows for a hybrid of styles with an integrated approach that supports the blending of a teachers personality with students' social emotional needs. I understand it is vital to engage students in the learning process. Lessons are interactive, which supports teachers in helping students focus on developing a deep understanding of specific social emotional attributes and how they can apply them to their own lives.
2017 - Ken Schughart Humanitarian Award
BS - Physical Education; BS - Dental Hygiene; MA - Educational Counseling; EdS - Educational Psychology; EdD - Doctorate of Education in Administration and Leadership
I am passionate about animals and the success of kids. I am committed to education and my great passion is to assist teachers in bringing social and emotional learning to their classroom. Because of this it was a natural fit to create the Pawsitively SEL Curriculum. I help teachers create a culture that supports social emotional growth of their students through the use of my fun and easy to implement curriculum. I have had the privilege of being active in a wide range of professional experiences that include business, education, counseling, research, leadership, student assessment, curriculum writing, consulting, non-profits, dentistry, professor in higher education, animal shelters and animal training. These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to help others in areas that I am passionate about. I am a Southern California native and currently live in beautiful Missoula, MT with my amazing and supportive husband Douglas and two shelter mutts, Digger and Syra.