Dr. Allison Spargo joins Cumberland Academy of Georgia as its new director of counseling services.

Cumberland Academy of Georgia, an Atlanta-based special needs school, is proud to announce Dr. Allison L. Spargo as the new director of counseling services. Her priorities will include engaging both students and parents as they enroll at Cumberland Academy, guiding current students as they prepare for future endeavors and discovering opportunities to further strengthen students’ confidence and educational experience.

Dr. Allison Spargo joins Cumberland Academy after ten years of experience working with developmental transitions across the lifespan. Her extensive training is in families and systems theory with special interests in empowering adolescents, young adults and their families as they move from families of origin to independence. She has earned a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Practice from Georgia State University as well as a Master’s of Education from the College of William and Mary.

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Spargo to our school. Her capable leadership and fresh perspectives will further advance the experience we provide our exceptional students. Our staff is already impressed with her knowledge and student engagement methodology. We expect Dr. Spargo to add significant value to our school and look forward to having her on board,” said Debbi Scarborough, founding director at Cumberland Academy of Georgia.

As the Director of Counseling Services, Dr. Spargo has a proprietary role in the social and emotional learning (SEL) of Cumberland students. She started on full-time basis on April 9, 2019.

“The quality of care and attention-to-detail the Cumberland faculty and staff provides its students is outstanding. One of the school’s principal strengths is its daily focus on social and emotional learning. I am eager to help reinforce this approach while offering my own expertise,” said Dr. Spargo. “I am also excited to really get to know the incredible group of students Cumberland develops. This is a truly special school and I cannot wait to get started.”

Dr. Spargo follows Cumberland’s previous long-term director of counseling services, Val Schwan, who is leaving the school to start her retirement in Florida. During her six years at Cumberland, Val has helped drive the success of Cumberland’s counseling program and created a strong foundation for Dr. Spargo to build upon.

About Cumberland Academy of Georgia:

Cumberland Academy of Georgia specializes in the needs of students in grades 4 through 12 who have high-functioning autism, Asperger’s syndrome, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities. Cumberland was founded in 2007 by Debbi and Matthew Scarborough, and is a fully-accredited, independent, non-profit school that seeks to provide a safe and supportive academic atmosphere for its students. Cumberland accepts applications year-round. To schedule a family tour, please contact Terri Brooks, director of admissions, at 404-835-9000, or email admissions@cumberlandacademy.org.