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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning is an initiative/priority for PVSchools and encompasses a range of social-emotional counseling and educational support for students, staff, and parents/family. Our social and emotional well-being is a vital, integrative part of who we are.

We are passionate about helping children learn skills that support them in their social-emotional development and well-being. It is important for us to build a strong home-school community, so together we can help our children grow and develop into confident, healthy, responsible, and compassionate human beings. 

Meet Our SEL Specialist Mrs. Jennifer Olsen

My name is Jennifer Olsen, and I am the SEL Specialist at Wildfire Elementary. I am happily married with four children, one daughter, and three sons ranging in age from 23-13. My husband is a college professor and teaches an array of computer classes. 

I have my M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis and emotional well-being, with a minor in sociology from ASU. My education focuses on the following areas, positive psychology, social psychology, developmental psychology, choice and decision making, psychopathology, cognitive psychology, and applied behavior analysis. 

I am educationally oriented and have a passion for working with students, families, and the staff at Wildfire. I have been working in education for the last six years, with this being my fourth year at Wildfire and my second year as the SEL specialist. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, working with animals, quilting, and traveling.

These last couple of years have been challenging for us all. When we become emotionally depleted, we lessen our capacity to be resilient. When we live in stress and trauma it can also affect our executive brain, the part of our brain that helps us with our choice and decision-making. A child's mental well-being is eminent because if a child doesn't feel safe, they can't stop living in a stressed or trauma state of mind, which means they can't grow and learn. It's so important, now more than ever, to be able to help our students, staff, and families to become active in their self-care, in teaching ways to become more positive and resilient, and in helping them to make connections and keep connections.