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Virtual School Counselors

South Carolina 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 SCCA, 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 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
Shea Heller

Meet Shea Heller

Manager of Counseling Services

Shea Heller is the manager of counseling Services at South Carolina Connections Academy (SCCA). She joined SCCA for the 2011–12 school year. Ms. Heller was excited to join the new frontier of virtual education with a school that embraced innovation, and promoted student critical thinking and lifelong learning. She chose this profession because she believes school counselors impact student success, and wanted to encourage students to reach their highest potential. Ms. Heller believes in the importance of school choice for families because every student deserves the chance to find a school that addresses individual student needs and provides an engaging education. She feels that online education is a wonderful opportunity for students to achieve academic success, and to reach their educational, career, and personal goals.

Ms. Heller loves working for a school that lives by the belief that all students can learn. SCCA counselors and teachers value and cultivate relationships among all stakeholders by working collaboratively to ensure all students are learning. SCCA’s mission is to provide a personalized education for students that will help them master the knowledge and problem solving skills needed to achieve their college and career goals.


  • BA in psychology, Ohio State University
  • MEd in school counseling, Ohio State University