Lee McDonald, Ed.D., Champion for Social and Emotional Learning.

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I believe in whole child education. That learning is social and emotional.  That SEL is not another initiative for the plate, it is the plate.  And that it takes a systemic approach across classrooms, schools and districts for Sustainable SEL.

As the K-12 Director of Counseling, Health and Wellness for the West Windsor-Plainsboro (New Jersey) Regional School District, I am fortunate to work in a great community with outstanding students, parents and staff.  It is an honor to collaborate with colleagues in leading the district’s strategic plan for social and emotional learning, facilitating school climate efforts and implementing a tiered systems of supports.  

My previous experience includes roles as a college academic advisor, school counselor and school supervisor.  I have the privilege to serve as an adjunct instructor for the New Jersey Expedited Certification for Educational Leadership post master’s educational leadership training program and have presented SEL best practices for the NJ Principals & Supervisors and NJ School Boards Associations.  


I hold a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism and a master’s degree in counseling psychology, both from Rutgers University.  I earned my doctorate in educational leadership from Caldwell University where my dissertation focused on the influence of academic stress on student achievement.  In my spare time, I enjoy hanging out with family and friends, a good workout and listening to music, preferably on the beach.  

As you can imagine, I’m passionate about Social and Emotional Learning.  I read anything SEL I can get my hands on. I fall asleep scrolling through my twitter feed.  Are you a champion for SEL? Reach out, I’d love to hear from you to share ideas or just talk SEL.