Social/Emotional Learning


Focus: Second Step Curriculum grades K-8
K-5 Lesson Topics:
Growth Mindset & Goal Setting
Emotion Management
Empathy & Kindness
Problem Solving
Middle School Topics:
Mindsets & Goals
Healthy Friendships
Thoughts, Emotions & Decisions 
Perspectives and Social Conflict
In addition to the Second Step Curriculum, I incorporate bibliotherapy and art in the primary and intermediate grades.  With middle school, I enjoy conducting class meetings and helping the students creatively explore and share about their talents & what they bring to their communities, both at school and out of school.

Mrs. Katie Denniston

“Stay safe & be good” -My Grandmother
I spent my K-8 years in the halls of OLL before attending Holy Names Academy for high school.  After HNA, I attended CWU while studying social work followed by receiving my M.Ed specialized in school counseling from CIty U.  
This is my eleventh year as an educator at OLL, and I feel honored to be the school counselor.  It brings me joy to work with students in their classrooms and for 1:1 or small group meetings.  As the students know, my favorite topics to teach about are empathy and kindness!
I am currently at home on extended maternity leave with my baby, Lewie!  I will be back in Spring ‘23.  When I am not at school, I enjoy being with my family, watching sports, eating my husband’s delicious cooking & playing with my cats.