Counseling Announcements

Junior High Counseling

posted Dec 13, 2019, 6:17 AM by Kelsey Nell

Growth Mindset

posted Apr 18, 2019, 8:00 AM by Kelsey Nell

Northwestern's 5th and 6th grade students recently discussed with Mrs. Nell the importance of having a growth mindset. To complete the lesson, students were each given one page to color, without knowing the the end result would resemble. The artwork was then assembled to reveal a Growth Mindset collaborative poster. 

Fishing for Problems

posted Dec 4, 2018, 11:05 AM by Kelsey Nell

Kindergarten through 3rd grades recently went fishing to learn the difference between big fish and small fish sized problems. Students determined that small fish problems are those that kids are strong enough to solve all by themselves. Big fish problems are those in which safety is at stake and they must involve an adult to find a solution. 

HOBY Youth Leadership

posted Nov 28, 2018, 8:41 AM by Kelsey Nell

The HOBY Youth Leadership Conference takes place 6/13/19 - 6/16/19 at Illinois Wesleyan University. HOBY provides students the opportunity to participate in unique leadership training, service-learning, and motivation-building experiences. Sophomore students only are encouraged to complete a 75-100 word essay, describing the most rewarding and challenging aspects of being a leader in their school and email it to Mrs. Nell by December 6, 2018 to be considered as Northwestern High School's ambassador to the HOBY Youth Leadership Conference. More information can be found at  

Northwestern Elementary Students Learn Respect

posted Sep 4, 2018, 12:24 PM by Kelsey Nell   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 12:24 PM ]

On Tuesday, September 4th, Northwestern Elementary Students and Mrs. Nell discussed respect during classroom counseling lessons. Various students, teachers, and staff assisted with creating a video to help others understand the meaning of being respectful.

Northwestern Elementary Students Meet Mrs. Nell

posted Aug 21, 2018, 12:25 PM by Kelsey Nell

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, kindergarten through 6th grade met with Mrs. Nell to learn more about her role as the school counselor. Mrs. Nell and students discussed the many ways a school counselor is like Mrs. Potato Head. A link to the presentation can be found below. 

MacMurray College

posted Aug 16, 2018, 7:24 AM by Kelsey Nell

A representative from MacMurray College will be at Northwestern High School on Wednesday, September 19th during study hall and lunch. Juniors and seniors, make plans to attend and learn more about becoming a Highlander! 

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Needs Assessment

posted Aug 9, 2018, 12:31 PM by Kelsey Nell   [ updated Aug 13, 2018, 6:00 AM ]


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FAFSA Nights

posted Aug 8, 2018, 1:50 PM by Kelsey Nell

Please see the attached flier for information regarding Northwestern's FAFSA Nights. 

Counselor's Welcome

posted Aug 7, 2018, 12:20 PM by Kelsey Nell   [ updated Aug 7, 2018, 12:22 PM ]

Greetings Northwestern Parents and Guardians,

I hope you have all had a great summer, and are enthusiastic for another wonderful school year! My name is Kelsey Nell, and I will be serving as the counselor for the entire Northwestern District during the 2018-2019 school year. While I am new to the Northwestern area, my husband Casey and I were both born and raised in nearby White Hall. Over the past ten years, I have spent time working as a Walt Disney World cast member, a United Emirates Airline flight attendant, and as a Northern Illinois University student conduct administrator. I am excited to once again be back in Central Illinois, and am thrilled to be a Northwestern Wildcat!

As a professional school counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, social/emotional, and career development of all students.  I look forward to providing support to students, staff, families, and community members.  I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to meet the needs of all Northwestern students and families.

I am eager to help students achieve their goals, and provide support for parents and teachers. I have offices at both the Junior/Senior High School and Elementary. I can be reached by email at or phone at 217-436-2011.


Kelsey Nell

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