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
Caroline Alaimo

Meet Caroline Alaimo

Coordinator, School Counseling

Caroline Alaimo is the coordinator of school counseling at Maine Connections Academy (MCA). Ms. Alaimo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in family studies, and a master’s degree in education with a focus in school counseling from the University of New Hampshire. After graduating from the school counseling program, she joined MCA in 2015. Ms. Alaimo shares her story below.

Ms. Alaimo says, “I became a school counselor to provide support and guidance to every student. For each student, the definition of success is going to be different because each student is unique. I connected with MCA’s philosophy for each student every day. It is my responsibility to build relationships with my students and help them define their goals and find their strengths. I really enjoy helping students to build personal schedules and create four-year plans that meet their needs. I think this environment works for students who are self-motivated and determined to succeed. Students come to MCA for a number of reasons, one of them being social anxiety. I really connect with how MCA’s staff goes above and beyond to accommodate this need and to have creative ways to build relationships with each student. In addition, the students are very receptive to each other and so supportive.”

Outside of working at MCA, Ms. Alaimo enjoys dancing and spending time outdoors. She also likes reading and cooking.

Jennifer Osburn

Meet Jennifer Osburn

Counselor

Jennifer Osburn is a school counselor at Maine Connections Academy (MCA). She holds a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in counselor education from Western Michigan University. Ms. Osburn joined MCA in 2016 and is currently the counselor for grades 7–12. She shares more below.

“This is my first year as a school counselor, but I have been working in education for four years. I previously worked as an instructional assistant and substitute teacher, in addition to my intern this past school year.

I became a counselor because I really enjoy working with students in a one-on-one environment. I also like to help students figure out their post-graduation plans and achieve their goals. There is a lot of flexibility with a virtual environment that you don't normally see in a bricks-and-mortar setting. It allows everyone to be more creative and focus on their individual needs, both academically and personally.”

Outside of school, Ms. Osburn enjoys riding her bike on trails, reading, and knitting.