Meet Our Maine Connections Academy School Leaders


Chad Strout

Principal


Chad Strout

Principal Chad Strout joined the Maine Connections Academy (MCA) family in the fall of 2017. He holds a BS degree in secondary education and history from the University of Maine and an MA degree in education administration from the University of Denver. Mr. Strout has 10 years of experience in the educational field as a teacher and administrator. He shares more below:

“Every child has the right to find the best educational experience that works for them. MCA offers a rigorous, enjoyable experience for those students who wish to challenge themselves outside of a traditional brick-and-mortar school. Our school believes that a student can learn anywhere and at any time, and our teachers are dedicated to every student's education and will go the extra mile to help him or her succeed. MCA is different because it can mold to student and family needs, rather than adapting to an antiquated school system.”

In his free time, Mr. Strout enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, and dog. Together, they like to go to the movies, walk, run, and spend time in the gym. He believes that staying healthy helps keep the mind sharp.


Alicia Chambers

Dean of Students


Alicia Chambers

Alicia Chambers joined Maine Connections Academy in the fall of 2015. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature and secondary education and a master’s degree in education. Prior to assuming the role of dean of students, Ms. Chambers taught secondary English in the state of Maine for nearly a decade, most recently at MCA. During that time, she has held a variety of student advisory and teacher leadership roles.

Ms. Chambers has experience working with diverse students at all levels. She firmly believes that “every student has the ability to achieve academic success with appropriate support and programming.” She says, “MCA empowers students to have voice and choice in their educational path, while providing personalized instructional support.” Preparing students for postsecondary success and active citizenship is one of her core principles of education. “It is critical that all students have a clear postsecondary plan that connects goals and aspirations with actions and resources.” As dean of students, Ms. Chambers is dedicated to working closely with students, parents, and teachers to achieve this goal.

Outside of school, Ms. Chambers enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, traveling to new destinations, and quietly reading.