An integral part of the Student Support Team, School Counselor Carolyn Manley brings over 30 years of teaching and counseling experience to SAA.
Carolyn joined SAA in 2013 and from day one, she has worked to build Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) concepts and frameworks into our curriculum and school culture. The SAA counseling program is focused on identifying and alleviating obstacles so that children can work to their fullest potential. Carolyn works with students in individual, small group, and classroom settings, helping students build skills in areas like emotional management, stress management, self-awareness, and communication.
Carolyn eventually moved on to Morgan Park Academy in Chicago as a school counselor. She spent 12 years counseling students, coordinating the advisory program and implementing a strong character education program. It was this experience that drove her desire to find a school that valued social and emotional learning. Science & Arts Academy was that place!
In Carolyn’s role as an Advisor at SAA, she acts as a bridge between students, their teachers and their parents. Carolyn advocates for students on matters of academic, social, and behavioral development. Carolyn tells us that, “gifted children are amazing people with a specific set of needs, and I am happy to be here. I need to be here! My hope is that all of our students learn to embrace their uniqueness; discover their talents; believe in themselves and learn to work to their full potential.”