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Online School Counselors

Willamette Connections Academy’s full-time, licensed 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 Willamette Connections Academy, 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.

Beyond their daily counseling activities, our counselors offer services designed to help 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

Angela Smith

Meet Angela Smith

Head of Counseling Services

Angela Smith is the head of counseling services at Willamette Connections Academy. Ms. Smith started working for Connections Academy in 2010 and hasn’t looked back since! She believes in the online format of learning, especially when coupled with the relationship building that takes place at a Connections Academy school. She shares her story below:

“I love seeing the ‘light’ come to a student’s face when they understand something new that they did not know before. I love helping people, and students are my favorite population! I have gotten to know my students on a more personal basis working at Connections Academy than I did at brick-and-mortar schools.

At Willamette Connections Academy, there is a feeling of camaraderie among the staff, students, and parents. We make learning fun with engaging activities, competitions, and rewards. We believe in team-building and interactive learning. This year, we are placing a lot of emphasis on the social/emotional aspect of learning, because we believe that the best academic results come from students who are socially and emotionally resilient.

The best part of my job is building relationships with my students and my co-workers. I love being able to feel that I made a positive difference in someone’s life. When my students experience success, so do I. The best part of every day is feeling good about helping my students identify and accomplish their goals.

Connections Academy students learn how to be much more responsible for their progress than students in a brick-and-mortar setting. Such independence builds confidence and good work habits that will serve students throughout their lives. Students who attend Connections Academy schools learn how to organize their time and accomplish daily goals.”

Education:  

  • Master of Science in School Counseling, Capella University
  • Post-graduate certificate in Addictions Counseling, Capella University
  • Post-graduate certificate in Mental Health Counseling, Capella University
  • Bachelor of Science, Elementary Education and Social Science, University of Idaho
  • National Board Certified Counselor
  • Certified Trauma Practitioner