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Counseling Department

The Academy's Counseling Department Philosophy

We are committed to working with parents, faculty, as well as the community to ensure success for all students. It is our mission to provide a comprehensive guidance program for grades 6th -12th, using as a guide, the South Carolina Guidance and Counseling Program Model.   Our focus is on encouraging students to identify, explore, and develop their skills, interests, and abilities in order to ensure success both academically and personally.


Juanita McAllister Caldwell

Hello members of the Wolf Pack family, my name is Juanita McAllister Caldwell and I am ecstatic to be the school counselor at the Academy! I feel it is important for you to know that I am here not only for your student but for you as well. Together, we will make a difference. One of my favorite quotes comes from Oprah Winfrey: "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." This is important for you to know about me because as much as I dislike riding on buses, my love for what I do is greater and I will be with you on your bus until it reaches its final destination.

After graduating from South Florence High School (home of the MIGHTY Blue and Gold Bruins)  I received my post-secondary matriculation from South Carolina State University, where I received both my undergraduate (Bachelor of Arts in History) and graduate degrees. (Master of Education in Counselor Education, K-12).  Prior to becoming a school counselor, I worked in the business sector as a manager in training.    

After leaving the world of business, I served as a school counselor at both the elementary and middle school levels.  I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity to provide services to Easterling Primary, Sandhills Middle, Swansea Primary, Andrew Jackson Middle, as well as Dutch Fork Middle schools.

I married one of my childhood best friends, Francoise Caldwell who I have known since 8th grade.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from South Carolina State, we were married and blessed with the honor of raising two children: Bre’Anna Michelle and Jaelan Harrison. 

If I can be of service to you or your family, please do not hesitate to contact me.