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Guidance and Counseling

Welcome to the Gayville-Volin School District Guidance and Counseling Department! Our department is staffed by a Certified School Counselor, Natalie Selchert, and a School Counseling Aide, Vanesssa Ryken. On this page, you will find a variety of information and resources for students and parents. If you have any trouble fnding the informaton you are looking for, please contact us for assistance.

Contact Information:
Natalie Selchert, Certified School Counselor
Phone: 605-267-4476 ext. 103

Vanessa Ryken, School Counseling Aide
Phone: 605-267-4476 ext. 103



It is the school district’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The school district does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, family care leave status or veteran status. The school district also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled students to include, but not limited to:

           Assignment to School, Assignment to Classes, Special Education Classes for Students with Disabilities, Classes Designed for Minority or ELL Students, Assignment to Elective Courses or Testing, Evaluation and/or assigning Criteria for any Student Assignment.


The Role of a Professional School Counselor

Professional school counselors serve a vital role in maximizing student success. He or she promotes leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and equality.  Professional school counselors support a safe learning environment and work to safeguard the human rights of all members of the school community and address the needs of all students.

Professional school counselors focus on three main areas:

  • Academic Development - School counselors implement strategies to support and maximize each student's ability to learn.
  • Career Development - School counselors help students understand the connections between school and the world of work, and plan for and make a successful transition from school to post-secondary education and/or the world of work.
  • Social/Emotional Development - School counselors help students manage emotions and learn and apply interpersonal skills.


Actvities of a Professional School Counselor

What does a professional school counselor do on an average day?

  • Developmental classroom guidance and prevention instruction
  • Classroom advising (high school planning/college and career readiness)
  • Individual advsing (high school planning/college and career readiness)
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • College and career readiness assessment
  • Parent/Guardian communication
  • Collaboration with school staff
  • Collaboration with outside human service and mental health agencies
  • Advising for student groups (such as SADD, Mentoring Program, etc.)


RESOURCES and INFORMATION for Students and Parents

Upcoming Events

Presentations and Handouts

College and Career Readiness

High School Planning

Counseling Services


Elementary Guidance and Prevention

MS/HS Guidance and Prevention