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Connellsville Area School District

Special Education / Student Services

Director of Special Education / Student Services
Special Education Secretary
Lead Support Teachers
Julie Bohna 
Michelle McMaster
Jill Youdell 
The Special Education Office location: 
215 Falls Ave.
Connellsville, PA  15425 


Special Education Office

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

Due to the growing understanding of the importance of mental health in regards to  educational outcomes and overall individual success, the Connellsville Area School  District will be incorporating Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into the curriculum. 

Basic components of SEL include, but are not limited to, empathy, recognizing and  managing feelings, independence, listening to and respecting others, kindness,  cooperation, thoughtful choices, and problem-solving. 

Research shows that assisting students in creating and improving these skills can lead  to increases in self esteem, academic success, ability to cope with emotional distress,  and engagement within their school community. Research has also shown that  implementation of SEL curriculums can lead to decreases in the likelihood of students  engaging in substance use, negative conduct within the school, and involvement with  the criminal justice system.

Connellsville Area School District will be working to systematically integrate these  components into each of our school buildings and their classrooms. Our hope is that  you and your child(ren) will find these skills to be valuable within your home as well. We are happy to provide support and answer any questions about the curriculum that you or  your child may have.

Below are some resources related to SEL components for you to view.

Empathy – Toward self and others  

Feelings – Journaling   

Independence – Be Responsible

Independence-Never give up , Believe in yourself!

Kindness – Life Vest Inside - Kindness Boomerang - "One Day"

Cooperation – Companionship

Thoughtful Choices – Kids Show Us How To Have Compassion In Victory

Problem Solving –  Conflict Management

Persistence – Amazing Stories of Courage and Inspiration