School Counselor Info


Welcome to the LCCS' Counseling Program

School Counselor: Ms. Shanelle Muse, MA, NCC, LAC, K-5 NJ Educator, K-12 NJ School             Counselor 
Telephone: 201.332.0900  extension 20 


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Empathy. Commitment. Passion. 

Hello! My name is Shanelle Frances Muse and I am the LCCS' School Counselor for the 2018-2019 school year. My passion is to advocate, educate and collaborate with students and families, in an effort to empower them! I am dedicated to helping all students with issues that may be affecting their academics, career, behavior and personal/social interactions.

I graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Family & Child Studies and a K-6 Teaching Certification in 2008. Once I completed my studies, I gained employment at a K-8 Newark Charter School, where I was afforded the opportunity to be amidst fellow educators who believed that all students can achieve at high levels and valued social-emotional and character education. The most amazing part of my tenure was partnering with families who refused to allow societal constructs defy how successful their children would be! For five years, I worked as a 3rd and 4th grade educator, as well as the Sports Program Founder and Coordinator. From 2011-2015, I continued my studies at Kean University and earned a Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling LPC/School Counseling (CACREP accredited). As I embarked on another educational journey, I was fortunate to gain employment at LCCS, as a 5th grade ELA educator and Athletic Director in September 2013. While teaching and getting to know the LCCS' community, I completed various internships to include a school-based experience at our very own Learning Community Charter School and a clinical-based experience as a prison inmate therapist at Talbot Hall, through the Community Education Center. Upon graduation, LCCS was gracious enough to extend a school counseling position to me for the following school year! In the fall of 2018, I have decided to extend my studies and enter a new Master's program at Kean, for Educational Leadership. The expected graduation date is May 2019 and I look forward to implementing things learned from this program, into my current school counseling position at LCCS. 

In my third year of school counseling, I am beyond thankful that the LCCS community has given me the opportunity to work with children, faculty and families and truly experience what it feels to be professionally and personally challenged and fulfilled! They say to choose a career you love and you won't work a day in your life!

Meet The Counselor LetterMeet the Counselor Letter 18-19 PDF.pdf


Counseling Program Mission Statement:

The Mission of the school counseling program at Learning Community Charter School is to provide a comprehensive and developmentally-appropriate program by addressing academic, career and personal social-emotional skills necessary to empower all students to reach their complete potential. In preparation for the challenges of the 21st century, the counseling program at Learning Community Charter School will encompass the C.I.R.C.L.E. values to directly address various student needs to include social and personal adjustment, educational and career planning and civic growth and development. Learning Community Charter School will nurture every child's emotional intelligence. 


Come See The Counselor:

Self-Referral        Counselor-Referral       Teacher-Referral         Parent/Guardian Referral

Administrative-Referral           Friend/Peer-Referral 

Permission Slip For Services: Counseling Permission Slip 2018.docx
Intake & Referral FormIntake and Referral Form 2018.doc


Counseling Program Overview:

At Learning Community Charter School, we know it takes a community to raise a child. As the school counselor for over 585 students, I am proud to say that LCCS has an exceptional support team! The educators, administration, parent community and other support personnel will work collaboratively in offering a developing, yet exemplary implementation of our Comprehensive Counseling Program. It is data-driven and grounded by evidence-based practices, while strictly adhering to the National Standards for Counseling Programs, along with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards. 

ASCA National Student Standards: asca_national_standards_for_students.pdf
ASCA School Counselor Competencies: SCCompetencies.pdf
ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: MindsetsBehaviors.pdf  


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Programmatic Goals: 

In this counseling program, it is our goal to nurture and meet the needs of our unique and diverse student population at LCCS. While focusing on the areas of academic, personal/social/emotional and career development, we will provide education, prevention and intervention services to address the following needs in a developmentally-appropriate way:

School Safety     Positive School Climate     Guidance Instruction     Social Skills/Values

Student Awareness     Behavioral/Emotional Regulation     Peer-to-Peer Relationships

Academic Achievement     Academic Goal-Setting     Academic Intervention/Acceleration

High School Application Process     College & Career Exploration     Positive Perception of Self/Others

Effective Communication Skills     Executive Functioning Skills     Problem-Solving Skills

Decision-Making Skills     Anger Management     Family Crisis/Change     Substance Abuse Education

Parent Education, Awareness, Consultation, Crisis-Intervention & Referral Services  (& much more)

Counseling Program Brochure Page 1: Program Brochure
Counseling Program Brochure Page 2: Program Brochure