South Atlanta High School Counseling Department

Ms. King

C/o of 2025 Freshmen Counselor

C/o of 2026 Senior Counselor H-O

Contact information:

Office phone: 404-802-5052

Phone number: 404-590-4728

Google classroom code: xyfdthm

Ms. Wanetta M. King is originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She started her career in school counseling in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at Messmer High School and continued working as a counselor at Alief Hastings High School in Houston, Texas.  She is now a proud counselor at South Atlanta High School.

With each location I can say I have been blessed to know I am helping future generations become leaders in our community.  Every day I wake up knowing that the work I do has purpose and meaning.  My professional qualifications include more than 18 years of combined solid hands-on experience as a Lead Counselor and School Counselor in high school settings and as an Academic Advisor in higher education. I have worked with a culturally diverse student population that includes special needs, gifted, and at-risk populations. To complement this skill set, I offer a broad based background as a facilitator and am highly adept in program management. I believe that every child can learn and we as educators have to find that tool that helps them “get it”.  One of my favorite quotes is “If You’re Not at the Table, You’re on the Menu”, so I consistently reiterate to my students that they have to be the decision maker for their futures otherwise others will decide their future for them.  So  I encourage them to take bold moves, push fear aside and go for it.  I have an open door policy so I look forward to working with the students, the parents, staff, and the city of Atlanta to help our young scholars reach the stars. 

Mr. Springfield

C/o of 2024 Sophomore Counselor

C/o 2026 Senior Counselor A-G

Contact information:

Office Phone: 


Phone number: 


Code: SAHS2024

Mr. Springfield is currently in his 16th year as a Professional School Counselor. He has served in many leadership roles during his tenure in secondary education. Mr. Springfield loves being a change agent for children and strives to ensure that he is developing students Academically, Emotionally and Socially on a daily basis. His passion to develop leaders and socially conscious students is what drives him from day to day. Mr. Springfield is an avid  basketball and tennis player. He travels often and loves to immerse himself into different cultures. He is jazz aficionado…understanding that “music is the key to the soul. Mr. Springfield is the proud father of three children.  

Please feel free to contact Mr. Springfield if you have any questions or concerns about your student. His email and office numbers are listed below.

Mr. Springfield encourages all parents to ensure that their students have accounts established on the following websites.  

Mr. Springfield encourages that “ALL” parents and students start the search for scholarships now! Although students typically won’t start applying until their senior year, it’s never too early to start exploring the multitude of scholarships that are available.

Mr. Hackney

C/o of 2023 Junior Counselor

C/o of 2026 Senior Counselor P-Z

Contact information:

Office phone number: 


Phone number: 302-536-8116

Google classroom code:  44wbx6g

Branden Hackney is the counselor for the Class of 2023. Mr. Hackney is originally from Ravenna, Ohio, but was raised in McDonough, GA. He attended The University of Michigan for his Bachelors in English degree, and then The University of North Carolina for his Master’s of Education degree. Mr. Hackney has worked as a high school counselor since 2009. He has 1 son, Emery, who is 15 and 1 dog, Ace. Mr. Hackney enjoys exercising and outdoor activities which include running and watching his son play baseball.

SAHS Counseling Department for Vision/Mission Statement

Vision: The South Atlanta High School Counseling Department will equip all students with the holistic tools needed to be healthy, productive, and successful citizens.  In addition, our goal is to educate students about their local and global communities with the hope that they give all the communities they serve the gifts they have within themselves.   

Mission: We strive to assist our students daily to reach the endless possibilities that are within them by providing an atmosphere of safety, a non-judgmental attitude, and exposure to college and career opportunities both locally and globally.    

The SAHS Counseling Department has an open door policy. As long as we are available,  we gladly welcome students and parents to visit us.  

Office hours are 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  

Email or call us!  

SAHS Counsler Chronicle: