Online School Counselors

Georgia Connections Academy’s full-time, licensed virtual school counselors are dedicated to helping students reach their full potential, assisting with:

  • Academic goal setting, scheduling, and planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Career planning
  • College planning

Helping Students Succeed

With master’s degrees and specialized training in developmental and educational psychology, our online school counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At GACA, our virtual school counseling program is built on relationships, so our counselors are readily accessible to students and families—online, in person, and by phone. With the additional support from our national Connections Academy office and its collaborative network of school counselors across the United States, our counselors bring both individual attention and national expertise to our students and families.

Preparing Students for College and Career

Beyond their daily counseling activities, our virtual school counselors offer services designed to help Georgia high school students prepare for college and career with:

  • Personal learning plans focusing on postgraduation goals
  • Interactive online LiveLesson® sessions connecting Connections Academy families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college application processes, entrance requirements, and more
  • College test preparation courses for the SAT examinations
  • One-on-one counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college
David Levin

Meet David Levin

Lead Counselor

David Levin is the lead counselor at Georgia Connections Academy (GACA). He began his career as a counselor in 1996, and joined Connections Academy in 2012. Mr. Levin shares his story below.

“I currently counsel high school students in grades 9-12. While my background is in mental health and psychology, I was consistently noticing that many of my students’ challenges were just being amplified at their local school. I wanted to shift my helping skills to the school system where I felt they were needed most. My overarching goal as school counselor is to remove barriers to learning.

I would tell a prospective parent that we are the ‘real deal’ because our courses are rigorous and in-depth. I also want parents to know the integral role they play in bridging our curriculum and school work with the home environment, and the importance of motivating their student.

I love counseling at GACA because I feel like I am working at a school that is actually hearing and responding to the unique needs of the students. Rather than a one-size fits all approach, GACA has the flexibility to be prescriptive and genuinely student-centered. The virtual environment can truly enhance learning for students that are eager for the experience. As a counselor, I am able to focus my attention on the students that need it most with the help of the data driven metrics that the system provides. Whether I am working with a student one-on-one, conducting a virtual small group help session, or visiting with students at an in-person event, the online platform allows me to adapt and modify supportive services in order to better help students and families.”

Education:

  • BA in criminal justice and psychology from Indiana University
  • MA in clinical psychology from University of Central Florida
  • MEd in school counseling from Georgia State University
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia and a certified school counselor in the state of Georgia (S-5)