Counseling Info


Mission and Beliefs


Our mission as Belvidere School District Elementary School Counselors is to provide a comprehensive and developmental appropriate program that assists the school community and inspires all students to reach their full potential through academic, social/personal, and career support.


All Belvidere School District elementary school counselors believe:

 All students have the right to be a part of the school counseling program

  • All students are valuable and deserve respect
  • The diversity of each student is considered when planning and delivering the school counseling program
  • All students will have equal access to services provided by the school counseling program
  • All students will have access to a state-certified, master’s-degree-level school counselor to deliver the school counseling program

And the school counseling program should:

Be comprehensive in scope, preventative in design, and developmental in nature

  • Be planned and incorporate academic, social/personal, and career components
  • Be aligned with American School Counseling Association (ASCA) Standards and Illinois Social-Emotional Learning Standards
  • Include school guidance curriculum, individual planning, responsive services, and system support
  • Use data to monitor students’ results

We believe that all school counselors should:

Abide by the professional ethics of guidance and counseling as advocated by the American School Counseling Association (ASCA)

  • Participate in a professional development program essential to maintain a quality guidance program





Counseling Forms


Contact Info


Shannon Wagner, School Counselor

Bachelor of Education from Rockford University

Master of Science in Education for School Counseling from Northern Illinois University

Certification in Trauma and Crisis Counseling from Northern Illinois University

Please contact me at 815-544-3357 ext. 5586 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


School Counseling


  • Emotion Regulation (anger, worry, etc.)

  • Friendship Skills (making and keeping friends)

  • Family Changes (divorce, separation)

  • Grief

  • Study Skills (skills for learning)

  • Resiliency and Coping Skills

  • Classroom Behavior

  • Problem-Solving and Assertive Skills

  • Self-Regulation

  • Self-Esteem

  • Bullying/Peer Conflicts


How it Works

  • Meet individually, small groups, or both

  • Meet one time per week

  • Solution-Focused

  • Goal Oriented


Methods Used

  • Play

  • Games

  • Books

  • Videos

  • Art

  • Role-Play

  • Interactive Whiteboard Lessons