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Online School Counselors

Maine Connections Academy’s (MCA) full-time, licensed online school counselors are dedicated to helping students reach their full potential, assisting with:

  • Academic goal setting, scheduling, and planning
  • Personal and social development
  • Career planning
  • College planning

Helping Students Succeed

With master’s degrees and specialized training in developmental and educational psychology, our virtual school counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At MCA, the virtual school counseling program is built on relationships, so our counselors are readily accessible to students and families—online, in person, and by phone. With the additional support from our national Connections Academy office and its collaborative network of school counselors across the United States, our counselors bring both individual attention and national expertise to our students and families.

Preparing Students for College and Career

Beyond their daily counseling activities, our online guidance counselors offer services designed to help high school students prepare for college and career with:

  • Personal learning plans focusing on postgraduation goals
  • Interactive online LiveLesson? sessions connecting Connections Academy families across the country with real-time information on financial aid and scholarships, college application processes, entrance requirements, and more
  • College test preparation courses for the SAT examinations
  • One-on-one counseling with seniors to provide resources and assistance with postsecondary planning, including career options, vocational training, and selecting the right college
Marie Eschner

Meet Marie Eschner

Coordinator of School Counseling

Marie Eschner began her role as coordinator of school counseling at Maine Connections Academy (MCA) in August 2017. She holds a master’s degree in college student personnel administration as well as in school counseling. With over 25 years of experience in education, Ms. Eschner has held a variety of roles, such as advisor, teacher, and director of guidance.

She says, “I love working at MCA because my colleagues are professional, helpful, and caring, and I like the opportunity to serve students who need something different from what is offered by the traditional bricks-and-mortar school. MCA provides students a high level of interaction with their advisors and teachers, as well as more academic opportunities, especially in rural communities, where they may not otherwise have access to Advanced Placement?* or Honors courses. To parents who have a child who does not fit into the traditional school setting, I suggest that you give MCA a try. We strive to meet students where they are in their education and to help them build confidence and reach success.”

Outside of counseling, Ms. Eschner also loves cooking, kayaking, hiking, and gardening.

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