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Mission Statement 

The mission of the West Chicago Community High School Counseling department is to teach, nurture, and inspire all students with a comprehensive and proactive school counseling curriculum.  This curriculum fosters a growth mindset, builds emotional intelligence, and encourages world awareness and involvement.  Further, it insists that every student be ethically responsible and have a realistic and viable post-secondary plan upon graduation.  School counselors advocate for equity, access, and student success by identifying and addressing barriers, encouraging self-advocacy, accountability, and promoting the development of citizenship that embraces integrity and character.

WEGO Post Secondary Planning Website

Visit the WEGO Post Secondary Planning Website HERE

The WEGO counseling team is available to support students and families through the post-high school planning process. This website is a compilation of resources to help students create a post-secondary plan. Counselors will also meet with students in person to provide resources that will support students' exploration and research. 

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What do Counselors Do?

  • Discuss performance in classes and work with students and their parents to work towards continued improvement


  • Help explore their interests, aptitudes and abilities and how they relate to the world of work 
  • Help students develop appropriate plans for meeting their career goals (graduation, Technology Center of DuPage, work programs (BTI/CWT), college, etc.) 
  • Provide students and parents with information regarding post-secondary options 
  • Assist students with their applications to colleges and universities, in addition to helping them complete requests for financial assistance (FAFSA, scholarships)


  • Help students explore relationship issues (family, peer, staff) 
  • Work with teachers regarding particular students' behaviors and needs in order for them to be successful in the school environment 
  • Coordinate with school staff (social worker, school psychologist, support programs) and outside agencies to access needed support to be successful

Counselors are considered to be your student’s advocate in the school – whether that is through working with other students, teachers, parents and/or community agencies. They are here to provide information, services and supports that are needed. The Counseling Team is uniquely organized, not by alphabet, but by student needs and family. To the right, you will find a listing of the Counselors at Community High School District 94, in addition to the Counseling Department Support Staff and other important people. Please contact your student's Counselor with questions and/or for help. Their contact information is provided. 

Who is my or my student's Counselor? You can tell by looking at student IDs or schedules. In each place, you will find 2 capital letters. These are the initials of your or your student's Counselor. 

Each student also has access to the School Counseling Google classrooms.  These classrooms have valuable information about college & career planning, scholarships, upcoming events, announcements, and much other information.  

Keely Hanley-Anshel
Division Head of Counseling (630) 876-6306   
Jackie Reese
Administrative Assistant to the Counseling Department (Bilingual) (630) 876-6305  
Barbara A. Brennan (BB) School Counselor/Scholarships (630) 876-6314   
Gavin Engel (GE)
School Counselor/Careers (630) 876-6309  
Julie Hensley (JH)
School Counselor/Social Media  (630) 876-6315   
Tracy Lukas
Tracy Lukas (TL)
School Counselor/Financial Aid (630) 876-6308  
Jennifer Gawenda (JG)
School Counselor /College Planning (630) 876-6318  
Maria Navarro (MN)
School Counselor (Bilingual) PSAT/College Testing (630) 876-6312   
Ashley Klauss
Ashley Klauss (AK)
School Counselor (630) 876-6316  
Gerardo Tovar 
(Bilingual) School Counselor (630) 876-6317    
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