Counseling and Learning Services

Welcome to the St. Elizabeth High School Counseling Page!

Consistent with the philosophy of St. Elizabeth High School and the Rule of St. Benedict, the Counseling Department strives to foster the total development of students within the context of Christian values, primarily to find peace through stability and balance in their lives.  Through personal counseling and consultation, academic advisement, and career and college placement, the counseling staff supports students in becoming effective learners and successful adults. Offering an “open door” policy, students may visit the Counseling office as needed, as all three counselors are available daily for support and advisement. Strong rapport and consistency in the counselor/student relationship is crucial to student success; because of this, after freshman year, your son/daughter will be assigned the same counselor for the remainder of their high school experience.

Director of School Counseling
Mrs. Shannan Beck, M.Ed.
302-656-3369 Ext. 3038
Counselor Grades 10-12
Standardized Testing Coordinator

School Counselors 

Ms. Ashley Ainsworth
302-656-3369 Ext. 3031
Counselor Grades 10-12

Mrs. Joanne Gibbons, M. Ed.
302-656-3369 Ext. 3042
Freshman Counselor
Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator

Counseling Office Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Carol Curran
302-656 3369 Ext. 3045

Some functions of the Counseling Department include:

Provide personal counseling


Coordinate the needs of students with learning differences


Offer information about standardized test prep, college and scholarships


Process all college applications


Provide career advisement and career days


Offer peer conflict resolution


Administer PSAT and AP testing


Provide information nights for parents and students regarding college admissions and financial aid


Provide guidance classroom instruction for all levels


Conduct individual meetings with all students each year

Freshman Counseling

St. Elizabeth High School is committed to assisting all freshmen as they successfully transition into high school.  The freshman counselor guides the class through their first high school academic year, holding quarterly meetings with freshman-level teachers to discuss the academic and social progress of the students, coordinating conferences between parents and teachers for students experiencing difficulty, and acting as a resource person for all freshmen in the areas of academic, social, and emotional growth.  

Students with Learning Differences
St. Elizabeth High School recognizes that all individuals learn differently.  To that end, the freshmen counselor is also the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) Coordinator.  The SSD Coordinator offers guidance, collates all appropriate documentation, teaches study skill strategies and acts as an academic coach for these students throughout their high school career.  The SSD Coordinator also acts as a liaison between the teacher, student, and parent/guardian to ensure that all appropriate accommodations are met. 

Click here for information regarding Learning Differences


Upperclass Counseling and College Advisement

Counselors are available daily for upperclassmen and will assist in any personal, academic or social issue that might arise. In addition, the counselors begin to work with students toward their post-graduate goals. It is never too early to begin thinking about and researching college options. In guidance classes, the counselors are preparing your son/daughter for the road ahead by assisting with test prep, researching career interests and exploring the multitude of majors, colleges and universities. As early as freshman year, your son/daughter will be introduced to our college/career online program called Family Connection. Each year, students will work with their counselors researching the college and career process, and continue to have access to Family Connection throughout the duration of high school.

Helpful Junior and Senior year college resources:


Family Connection -


The College Board (SAT) –




National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for prospective college athletes -


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) –


The Counseling Department looks forward to assisting your son/daughter through their high school years. If you have any questions and/or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us!