What is Social Emotional Learning?

"Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions." - CASEL

5 Core Competencies Taught Across Diverse Settings

CASEL's widely used Framework for Systemic Social and Emotional Learning identifies five core competencies that educate hearts, inspire minds, and help people navigate the world more effectively.

Just as important as the SEL competencies are the contexts for teaching them, the overall educational environment. SEL is not a single program or teaching method. It involves coordinated strategies across classrooms, schools, homes and communities, and districts.


Nikki Murphy, Ed.S, LICSW, MSW
Dir.of Social & Emotional Learning

Contact Information

North Andover Public Schools
566 Main Street
North Andover, MA 01845
978-794-1503 - Main Number

Clinical Staff

Elementary Schools

Guidance and Adjustment Counselors

Atkinson - Susie Pesanelli

Kittredge - Karla Dulin

Thomson - Stacy Foster

Franklin - Amanda Kelly

Sargent - Jillian Connally   

Kittredge - Elisabeth Sandoe


Lauren Donovan

Mikaela Imbrogna

Kerry Lombardo

Middle School

Guidance and Adjustment Counselors

Jim Gosselin

Georgia Chute

Julia Faucher

School Psychologists

Michelle O’Leary

Lindsey Chatterton

High School

Adjustment Counselor

Allison Callaruso Thomas DiStefano

School Psychologist

Gina-Marie Bonanno


Behavior Analyst

Nicole Molina- BCBA