SEL Awardee

Melody Kaplan

Crestview Middle School
Rockwood School District
Ellisville, MO
“Crestview Middle School welcomed our very own therapy dog, Clayton, to our school this year. Clayton spends his time meeting the social and emotional needs of traditionally underserved populations in innovative ways. Clayton has three certified dog handlers working alongside him: our librarian, the counselor and Clayton’s owner, a language arts teacher. Students benefit from Clayton being integrated into several aspects of daily learning whether that in be in the library greeting students or listening to reluctant readers in the classroom. He is also used in lessons to help complement our SEL curriculum and to comfort students in time of need.”
Tags: ELs, Middle School, Sports & Activity, Student Engagement, Suburban, Teacher, Traditional Public School