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Ozark Catholic Academy strives to develop the mind, body, and soul of all of our students. Students are encouraged to meet with their school counselor to discuss important academic, personal, spiritual, and career goals. Ozark Catholic Academy's counselors strive to help students succeed at OCA and be prepared to meet the challenges of college and careers after graduation. OCA counselors serve as liaisons between students, teachers, administrators, and parents.

Meet your Counselors

Payton Bryant

Academic Counseling

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Phone - (479) 316-3445

Howdy, I’m Ms. Bryant! It is always a pleasure to meet and converse with families! Please feel free to stop by my office.
I was raised in the small town of East End, AR. I have one daughter. I attended the University of Central Arkansas for undergrad and grad school. I graduated from UCA in 2020. The greatest gift I can share with the world is my love of empowering students to think big things and believe in themselves. “Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but be an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12. My hobbies include reading, farmers market’s, serving in young adult ministry, and making memories with my toddler. Everyone you meet knows something that you don’t. Learn from them. 

Before coming to OCA, I was an IA at Sonora Middle School. Before that I was an Intern/Sub in Springdale School District spending most of grad school at Bayyarri Elementary. I have experience with all grade levels. Each group has taught me so much about myself and vice versa.
Why did I become a counselor? Well, I LOVE TO TALK!!! I absolutely thrive on building relationships with my students. It’s important for me to know kids beyond the transcript or who they are on paper. I believe in forming and helping the whole person in any capacity that I can.
Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” Dr. Suess

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Jodi Northcutt

College and Career Rediness

Jodi Northcutt found a passion for helping students navigate their high school experience and the college admissions process when she stepped into the role of Executive Director of College Advising in 2016. Her joy in helping students continued as she began to help students throughout the community as she launched her own academic advising services in 2019. Jodi loves helping students explore post secondary plans. She specializes in helping students find their voice and helping them develop their personal essays and their supplements while preparing them to make the jump to college. In her free time, she loves to spend time with her family, volunteer within the community, and teach dance at Rhythm and Shoes. She is excited to work with the students at OCA and help them streamline their application essays and guide them as they begin to set their sights on the the next step of their academic journey.

Emergency 24-Hour Crisis Numbers

Arkansas Child Abuse Hotline


Arkansas Crisis Center


Suicide Prevention Hotline


Crisis Text Line

📱 741741

Ozark Guidance Emergency: Benton and Washington Counties




Counseling Tabs

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