Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The mental health of children is something that is overlooked and often not talked about. This is important because children need guidance to manage their emotions especially after going through traumatic experiences. The focus of this Capstone Project was on gaining more information about children’s mental health and promoting the importance of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). By interviewing three elementary school teachers at Roadrunner Elementary, I collected data to see how they viewed social and emotional learning and what they thought could be done to improve students’ mental health. Based on an analysis of the data and the relevant research literature, three themes emerged: 1) incorporating a SEL program at the school; 2) hiring more counselors; and 3) building connections with students. From these three action options, the teachers interviewed as well as myself, reflected on how these actions will benefit each student in the school. Together we talked about activities and lessons that we can utilize to get to know students better and ways to build a stronger classroom community. Bringing awareness to students’ mental health, will take us one step closer to positive change.