Paper Type

Doctoral Dissertation


College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (EdD)



NACO controlled Corporate Body

University of North Florida. Department of Leadership, School Counseling & Sports Management

First Advisor

Dr. Chris Janson

Second Advisor

Dr. Linda Skrla

Third Advisor

Dr. Lunetta Williams

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Lucy Croft

Department Chair

Dr. Elizabeth Gregg

College Dean

Dr. Daniel Dinsmore



Elementary schools should be adept at assisting students in meeting their mental health need, such as, providing a non-violence approach to conflict resolution; strengthening the students’ relationships with their family members and friends; taking responsibility for their education and future; creating a stronger positive image; handling tough times more effectively; and setting and achieving their goals in life. The purpose of this Q methodology was to explore what teacher perspectives are on how to best support student well-being in the elementary school classroom. Specifically, this study examined what factors emerged when faculty in a large urban school district in Northeast Florida were asked to model their perceptions about student well-being via a Q sort. This study serves as a foundation for further research into perceptions from teachers about the how to best support student well-being in elementary schools. Results of this study may affect positive social change by leading to increased mental health services in elementary schools.

Keywords: Well-Being. Mental Health, PTSD, EBD, DSM-V, IDEIA