Student Wellness


Kent Denver is committed to educating the whole child—mind, body and heart. Our Student Wellness programs provide support and help students build the social and emotional skills they need to lead happy, balanced and productive lives.

Our advisory curriculum engages students with age-appropriate activities to encourage social and emotional growth, including mindfulness-themed exercises from Empowering Education in grades 6-8. Additionally, ninth-graders participate in a year-long Wellness Seminar addressing unique academic, social and emotional needs of students as they transition to the Upper School.

WHAT IS SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LEARNING?

"Social and emotional learning (SEL) 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."
—From the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (casel.org)

Additional Resources

We recognize that sometimes students need additional support to thrive. When students and families require specialized assistance to meet their academic, emotional or psychological needs, Kent Denver has a team of caring professionals ready to help.

Counseling Support

Kent Denver's school counselors help meet the psychological needs of students in grades 6-12. Our counselors provide developmentally appropriate support and consultation for students, parents and faculty including:

  • Short-term counseling
  • Crisis intervention and assessment
  • Referrals for mental health providers and services
  • Coordination with outside mental health providers
  • Management of student mental health support plans with accommodations as needed

Academic Support

Kent Denver’s learning specialist offers academic support and resources to ensure students of all learning styles find academic success. Support provided by the learning specialist includes:

  • Homework, test-taking and organizational strategies
  • Peer-tutoring
  • Referrals for testing to identify potential learning challenges
  • Student support plans with appropriate accommodations based on documented learning challenges

Meet the Student Wellness Team

Counseling & Academic Support

Priscilla Scobie

Director of Student Life, Associate Director Upper School, Director of Enrollment

Patrick Lang

Director of Counseling

Jackie Dauw

School Counselor

Audra Benjamin

Learning Specialist

Nellie

Therapy Dog
Nellie is an Australian Labradoodle trained to serve as a therapy dog. She joined the Student Wellness team in 2016.

Class Deans

Wes Ballantyne

Dean of Students Class of 2019

Mark Bosick

Dean of Students: Class of 2022, Science Teacher

Greg Chalfin

History, English Teacher; Dean of Students: Class of 2018

Marti Champion

Dean of Students: Class of 2021, English Teacher

Bradley Jackson

Dean of Students: Class of 2020, History Teacher

Krista Pearman

Dean of Students: Class of 2017, Admission Associate

Martin Wittmer

Department Chair 6th Grade

Current families can find additional resources on the Parent Portal.

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