Prevention and Wellness Department

The Prevention and Wellness Department provides leadership for services along a continuum of care.

About Our Department

How do you prevent students from making unhealthy choices and engaging in risky behaviors? A continuum of care is key to providing a comprehensive approach.

At the core of these services is the promotion of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). SEL is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. For more information, please see the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website (What is SEL? – Casel Schoolguide) and Ohio’s K-12 Social and Emotional Learning Standards (Ohio’s Social Emotional Learning Standards Introduction and Glossary).

The continuum of care acknowledges the importance of prevention programming at school-wide, group, and individual levels. For those students and families that need additional support, we link with community organizations and partners to assist with mental health and wellness. We seek to prepare all students for long-term success in life and to develop responsible, caring citizens in our multicultural society.
Our department supports the pillar of Academic Excellence in Pickerington Schools’ Plan for Progress by addressing the Whole Child and Relationships (Plan for Progress). We work with school counselors, social work interns, administrators, and staff to promote student success and family engagement through social and emotional learning, prevention programming, and community connections.

Meet Our Team

Cathy Ely
Cathy Ely
District Wide Prevention and Intervention Services Coordinator
614.548.1813
Jessie Burr
Jessie Burr
District Wide Social Worker
614.833.2110

Social - Emotional Learning

Social - Emotional Learning: What is SEL and why SEL matters

Select this link to learn more about Social – Emotional Learning.