Social-Emotional Health & Wellbeing at Kehillah
Kehillah Wellness Corner
Kehillah nurtures the “whole student” we are a community of compassionate educators that support every student on their unique journey in their time with us. We hope you will find this page helpful as a resource for events, opportunities, and support. Check back often as we will update this page frequently!
At the bottom of this page, get to know Sarah Lesser, our School Counselor. You can make an appointment with Sarah at the link provided.
Sleep, Nutrition and Hygiene:
Supporting your teen around sleep
Mental Health and Learning Differences:
Four tips for parenting teens with ADHD
- How to Parent an ADHD Kid: to provide parents with the latest research and information, delivered in accessible and digestible language, to further understanding and foster compassion (next workshop: October 30th from 5:00-6:00pm)
- Executive Function Bootcamp for Families: to develop a shared experience and shared language about executive functions for families and how it impacts learning
Meet Our School Counselor:
Hi, my name is Sarah Lesser and I’m a
-LCSW studied undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis and completed my MSW at Wurzweiler School of Social Work, Yeshiva University completing my internships both in Israel and at a high school in SF. After that I worked in Jewish Service Learning at Moishe House and Bina, Tikkun Olam in Tel Aviv- Jaffa
-I have worked for four years at Santa Clara County Office of Education and PAUSD as a school therapist
-As a social worker, I strive to see students and the issues they present me with within their contexts and then craft interventions accordingly. Sometimes a student might need support in seeing a new perspective on a frustrating issue, but sometimes they need help advocating for themselves within a class or I learn something about the school or class culture that might not be helping that student thrive and then direct the intervention there. The beauty of being a school counselor is that I can impact both the way that student interacts with their environment and the way that the environment interacts with the student and thus create more holistic change and hopefully a better, more supportive relationship between the student and their environment.
- I strive to help students identify and develop their strengths – I think Kehillah is an incredible environment for that where students can pursue and develop a diverse set of interests and where all students are valued and accepted for who they are and what they bring to the table
- I want to help students develop a sense of belonging and responsibility for themselves and their communities. Develop a sense of agency in their own lives and equip them with the skills to solve their own problems.
I also teach the 10th grade Health and Wellness seminar as well as lead Reflective Practice.