Wellness Team

Confidentiality is important to the counseling process. Students and adults who work with the social workers/psychologist must feel that their concerns are being held in confidence. However, state law does mandate that parents/guardians will be notified if a student’s health and/or safety are a concern.

Social Worker
Caitlin Gallagher
847-357-6434
[email protected]

School Psychologist
Abbey Ball
847-357-6444
[email protected]

John Muir Literacy Academy’s wellness department consists of a social worker and a school psychologist.  The wellness program is designed to serve the academic, social, and emotional needs of all students.

ALL students at Muir can receive assistance in

  • Coping skills,
  • Peer relationships,
  • Problem-solving skills,
  • Academic support,
  • Easing the transition into junior high,
  • Bullying,
  • Anger management,
  • And more.

PARENTS can receive help in

  • Addressing home and school concerns,
  • Homework,
  • Bullying,
  • Outside counseling referrals and
  • Community assistance.

How can you make use of the wellness program at Muir?

  • Students can pick up a request form in the main office.
  • A staff member may refer a student.
  • Parents can call the wellness team.

Community Resources

District 54 Community Closet and Food Pantry

District 54 offers a community closet and food pantry for our students and their families who are in need of free clothes or food.  You can obtain access to the community closet and food pantry by contacting Muir’s Wellness Team.

Area Food Pantries

  • Schaumburg Township: 847-884-0030
  • Catholic Charities  (Des Plaines): 847-376-2100
  • Barrington Township: 847-381-5632
  • Willow Creek  (Hoffman Estates): 847-882-3663
  • Harvest Bible Chapel: 847-398-7005

Community Counseling Support

We have a comprehensive list of community agencies that provide support groups for grief and loss, family, group, and/or individual counseling. Please contact Muir’s Wellness Team for further information.

Financial and Housing Assistance

  • CEDA: 847-392-2332
  • Catholic Charities: 847-376-2110 (Des Plaines)
  • WINGS: 847-951-8670
  • Schaumburg Township: 847-884-0030
  • Hanover Township: 630-540-9085
  • Willow Creek: 847-882-3663
  • Centro de Informacion: 630 550-5131
  • Salvation Army: 847-348-7395
  • Center of Concern: (847)823-0453

Teen Services

  • Hoffman Estates Park District:  847-885-7500
  • Schaumburg Park District:  847-985-2115
  • The Barn Teen Center:  847-524-3388

Prescription Services