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Mr. Murray Bio

Mr. Murray has been at Decatur Classical school for 8 years.  Prior to working at Decatur, Mr. Murray was a counselor/case manager at Jose De Diego Community Academy in Wicker Park.  Mr. Murray completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Sociology and his masters degree at Concordia University in School Counseling.  Mr. Murray currently serves on Decatur’s Local School Council as a teacher representative. Mr. Murray grew up in Chicago and currently resides on the northwest side. Mr. Murray loves working as a school counselor at Decatur and supporting students in their social emotional and academic growth.  When he is not at school, Mr. Murray enjoys traveling, playing sports, cooking, and seeking warmer weather whenever possible!



Welcome back Decatur students and families! 


My name is John Murray, and this is my eighth year as the school counselor at Decatur Classical!  As a school counselor, I look forward to helping students develop skills such as self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. 

My Role as Your Child’s School Counselor Is:

  • To be an advocate for your child and work collaboratively with parents, students, teachers, administrators, and our community.
  • Assist students with their academic, personal, and social-emotional growth.

 The School Counselor can help with:

  • Assist students with educational, personal, and social emotional growth.
  • Collaboratively develop interventions through the MTSS process based on student's strengths and needs.
  • Help students understand themselves and others.
  • Assist students in identifying and dealing with problems using a restorative practice approach.
  • Provide crisis intervention when necessary.
  • Coordinate referrals to school and community support services.
  • Serve as a resource to students, parents, teachers, and administrators.

 Some Reasons you may contact the school counselor:

  • School adjustment issues
  • Coping, problem-solving, decision making concerns
  • Organization, study, and executive functioning skills
  • Peer relationships and conflict resolution problems
  • Family changes
  • Experiencing loss, death, or grief
  • School-based and community resources information or referrals

 You may contact me anytime through email at [email protected].  


John Murray

Decatur Classical School Counselor

Resources and information from CPS regarding SEL supports

Hello Decatur Families, 

I know the current COVID-19 pandemic is confusing, challenging, and anxiety-provoking. Given all of this, I wanted to provide some resources for you, including how to have conversations with kids about COVID-19, mental health supports, and other information regarding SEL resources. 

Talking about COVID-19 with your kids:

Many kids are worried about COVID-19. Talking to them in a developmentally appropriate way will likely reduce their anxiety and help them better understand the current situation. Here are some resources to help you with these conversations:

Mental Health Supports:

Many people are experiencing heightened anxiety due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some helpful resources for mental health:

Additional Resources:

See this document for resources to address worry and anxiety.  

Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need additional resources.  Thank you!

John Murray
School Counselor
Decatur Classical School
7030 N. Sacramento
Chicago, IL 60645
P. 773-534-2200

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