Online School Counselors

North Carolina Connections Academy’s full-time, licensed 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 North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA), 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 counselors offer services designed to help North Carolina 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 to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college
John Kozlowsk

Meet John Kozlowsk

Lead Counselor

John Kozlowsk is a counselor at North Carolina Connections Academy (NCCA). He lived in Arizona before coming to North Carolina. Mr. Kozlowsk joined NCCA in 2015 with an educational background in psychology and counseling. He shares more below.

“I first considered joining the field of education while I was working as a rehabilitation specialist in a behavioral health residential facility, which provides direct care services to adults with mental health diagnoses. In speaking with the residents of our program I noticed that adults who experience mental illness have often been exposed to adverse experiences in their early life, particularly in their home or at school. I joined education with the hope of facilitating better school experiences for young people to ensure that they can achieve happiness and success when they become adults.

My co-workers at NCCA include some of the best educators in the state. There is a true sense of unity as we collaborate toward the goal of providing an outstanding educational experience to our students and their families. We achieve a high degree of connection with them through our consistent contact across different media and planned opportunities for face-to-face interactions (field trips, community events, and other school events)—we are able to bridge the gap that might exist between staff and participants in a virtual learning opportunity.

At an online school, I believe that there is a greater sense of organization and deliberateness in our efforts. Educators in a traditional bricks-and-mortar school are often encumbered by the distractions and chaotic nature of their school environment. Since we benefit from better organization and planning, we are able to deliver high quality instruction and support of students. I believe that students are engaging with the best curriculum available. Additionally, students are expected to work more independently as they progress through each grade level. This simulates and prepares students for the type work that they will be doing when they graduate from higher education and move onto the workforce.

Our teachers and personnel are all highly qualified and passionate about the work that they do. You simply won’t find a higher quality educational experience for your child.”


  • BS in psychology, Duke University
  • MEd in school counseling, The University of Arizona