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Lauren Thompson

Dean of Students

Bachelor of Arts, Math Education, University of New Hampshire; Master of Education, Education, University of New Hampshire

Mrs. Thompson is the dean of students at Maine Connections Academy. Mrs. Thompson has been with Maine Connections Academy since 2016 and shares more below:

Why I Became an Educator

I have always had a passion for mathematics and solving equations. In college, I was trying to figure out what to do with my life. What I did know was that I was MOST passionate about the math courses I was taking. Additionally, I was tutoring several students and loved it. At the end of my sophomore year in college, I decided to go into math education and I tend to think I made a really good choice.

Our students, I would say, complete schoolwork more independently than their bricks-and-mortar peers. I also feel confident our students learn the important ability of advocating for themselves very early on. Communication with teachers in the virtual environment is the key to success for many of our students. Our students learn very quickly that they will have regular dialogue with all their teachers and that they can and should always reach out when they have questions or need some additional support. In this environment, it also requires students to practice self-pacing to stay on track with lessons, and the ability to manage time, and create their own routine and schedule. This independence is something I feel is vital for life outside of high school, and I feel confident knowing our students are well-prepared.

The Benefits of Online Learning

There are far too many to list, but a few highlights would be the ability to complete school from home and being able to work on school work and lessons any time of day.

The Online School Experience at Maine Connections Academy

I know every school says they have the best students, but we actually have the best students. Our students are kind and friendly. They even go as far as to thank you at the end of a LiveLesson®. Our students make talking to them about life, academics, really anything, easy and fun. Even tougher conversations seem to go well with our students.

Not only do we have the best students, but Maine Connections Academy also has the BEST staff. Our teachers are dedicated, caring, and enthusiastic. Our teachers let our families know we are here to work with them and meet their needs while providing the best education we can

"My favorite part of my job is getting to know all the amazing families that join our school. I occasionally get to make a call home and get to know students and their families—sometimes even their pets! Every family brings another unique experience to our school and always a great story as to why they came to us"

— Mrs. Thompson