Counselor Corner

Social Emotional Support

We are here to help!

As our students return in the fall, we know they are going to face new challenges as a result of the events of the past few months. Both the Lower School and Upper School are ready to support our students and help them prepare for a successful school year academically, socially, and emotionally. Our teachers, along with our student services staff, are ready to meet each child where they are and help them develop social and emotional skills for everyday success in the classroom and at home.

SEL gives students the tools to:

  • Manage emotions
  • Gain confidence
  • Have more empathy
  • Make better decisions
  • Collaborate with others in work and play
  • Navigate the world more effectively

At the Lower School, teachers will lead students through the PATHS Program weekly, to help our PK-2nd grade students better understand their emotions, how to manage behavior that goes along with strong emotions, make appropriate choices, and get along with others. 

The Upper School is excited to begin using a new social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum called Second Step. This program builds a culture of connectedness and empowers students with the skills and concepts to succeed socially, in academics, and in life.

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What is SEL?


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Padmini Dayal M.A., L.P.A.
Lower School Counselor and Learning Specialist
469-341-0911 X 4318

Amy Miller M.A., L.P.C.
Upper School Counselor
214-826-0566 X 4421

As local, state, national, and international leaders work to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School counselors are here to help students who are experiencing a heightened level of fear, anxiety, or worry during these uncertain times. We are creating ways to help young people reduce, manage, and cope with the fears, worries, and anxieties that might be provoked by this health crisis and continue to develop the social and emotional skills they will need for managing and coping with future life challenges.