Manager of Counseling Services
BA, Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs; M.Ed, Counselor Education in School Counseling, Augusta University
Nikki Smith is the manager of counseling services at Colorado Connections Academy. Ms. Smith joined the school in 2016 as a school counselor. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Ms. Smith also earned her Master of Counselor Education in School Counseling from Augusta University and is a national certified counselor. She shares her story below:
“I became an educator because of the experiences, both positive and negative, that I had in high school. Those experiences lead me to the passion I now have to help students create a path toward their individual postsecondary goals with compassion, support, and understanding. I believe that all students deserve the same support and dedication, no matter what their goal may be for life after high school.
I love working with students at Colorado Connections Academy because the population brings a uniqueness to our school more than any other environment. Our students may be here because they felt unsafe in a brick-and-mortar environment. They may want more access to a greater variety of courses, to pursue concurrent enrollment, or they may be a student athlete in need of a more flexible schedule to suit their training. It’s amazing to be part of each of their journeys through such an important time in each of their lives.
At Colorado Connections Academy, our teachers, counselors, and administrators work hard to connect with students so that we can provide individualized support. We want to make sure that every student knows they have a cheerleader at school and that we’re always in their corner. Because we learn virtually, we are continually creative in how we form and maintain connections with our students and families!
We work diligently alongside students and caretakers to ensure that students graduating from Colorado Connections Academy are well-rounded and prepared for the greatness that awaits them.”