Mary Ellen Cunningham Elementary School

Developing the Whole Child

At Cunningham, we believe in developing the whole child. Academics and social and emotional learning must be in balance for our students to achieve their full potential.  

The Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Core has five competencies that ensure students are developing fundamental skills necessary for life:

  • Self-Management,
  • Social Awareness,
  • Relationship Skills,
  • Self-Awareness,
  • and Responsible Decision-Making.

Cunningham teachers engage students through active participation in daily morning circles (Responsive Classroom) which align with SEL competencies.  The skills are integrated throughout the day.

Social Emotional Learning is crucial in developing the whole child.

Learn more about Social Emotional Learning and its implementation in AISD.

Counselor Introduction:

My name is Sarah Pena, and I am the School Counselor at Cunningham Elementary. I am excited and honored to be a part of this fantastic Cunningham family. I am committed to encouraging, supporting, and empowering our students to become their best selves. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley, where I embarked on my educational journey. I obtained my Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and began my teaching career shortly after. I recently graduated from Lamar University, obtaining a Master of Education degree in Human Development and Guidance. I consider myself lucky to continue to pursue my passion in School Counseling at Cunningham!