Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

K-8 School Counselor

Master of Arts, Counseling with emphasis on School Counseling, University of Northern Iowa; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with emphasis in Family Studies, University of Northern Iowa

Ashley Williams has been a school counselor for over eight years and joined Iowa Connections Academy as an elementary school counselor in 2021. With online school, Ms. Williams enjoys the many different ways to connect with students, parents, and teachers. She shares her story below!

Why I Became a Counselor

I took a psychology class in high school that really sparked my interest. When I started researching what careers I could pursue that involved studying psychology, I came across school counseling. I always had strong relationships with my school counselors, and I really liked the idea of working in a school and helping students.

My favorite part of being a school counselor is being able to have small groups and individual meetings with students. We get to know each other, work on skill building, and get to play some games!

The Online School Experience

Iowa Connections Academy allows students to take courses that align with their future goals and interests. This school provides students with challenging coursework and encourages students to advocate for themselves by reaching out to teachers with any questions they may have. Iowa Connections Academy also emphasizes the importance of accountability, which is a crucial skill to have in college and in the workforce.

I have really enjoyed getting to know the students that attend Iowa Connections Academy! It has been fun to talk with students about what their future plans are, and help them to find courses that they might be interested in.

One of the things that I have really enjoyed about Iowa Connections Academy is how open everyone is with communication. If anyone needs help, there is always someone available!

— Ms. Williams

The Benefits of K–12 Online Learning

Online school allows students to have a more personalized educational experience. Students can work on their coursework during the day at a time that fits their needs and their family schedule. It also allows students to take courses that may not be available in a traditional brick-and-mortar school.