An Experienced College Counselor in North Georgia
MEET TOM Founder, Optima U College Consulting, LLC
Tom Neighbour has been in the counseling field and advising college applicants since 2004 when he began working as a high school counselor. Throughout Tom’s experience, he has spent time working in six different high schools in both the Northeast and Southeast, which has enabled him to gain valuable knowledge of colleges in both distinct regions. Tom presently serves as the Director of Counseling at The Alliance Academy for Innovation in Forsyth County, Georgia. In January 2013, Tom was honored as Forsyth County’s High School Counselor of the Year.
Although a professional high school counselor’s time is divided among various tasks, Tom’s main passion lives in the area of college advising and “Optimizing” higher educational opportunities. Tom holds a Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Long Island University and maintains memberships with The Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACAC), and the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).
Tom resides in Cumming, Georgia with his wife, two children, and two rescue dogs. Beyond his commitments to the counseling field, Tom dedicates the remainder of his time towards his family and enjoying his time as a father of two very active girls.