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Online School Counselors

TEC Connections Academy Commonwealth Virtual School's (TECCA) full-time, licensed 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 online school counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At TECCA, our online 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 school 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
Sarah Dalton

Meet Sarah Dalton

Manager of Counseling Services

Sarah Dalton is the manager of counseling services at TEC Connections Academy (TECCA). Ms. Dalton has been with TECCA since August 2014 when the school opened! She loves working with all the different types of students who choose TECCA for their education, and learns new things from her students and their families every day. Ms. Dalton thinks the biggest differences between online school and bricks-and-mortar school is how much students have to learn to advocate for themselves when they need help and the accountability they learn by having a flexible schedule.

Ms. Dalton decided to become a school counselor after she participated in the Bachelor’s Degree with Individualized Concentration program (BDIC) at UMass. The program enabled her to create her own major. She was also required to construct a detailed proposal for her intended college major and lay out each and every graduation requirement she would need to complete it. After creating her own major, Ms. Dalton saw a big change in her grades and academic performance. She was inspired to help students in high school become vital players in their own education and make informed choices about what they wanted to do after graduation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in drama for therapy and education, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Master’s degree in professional counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students in grades 5–12, Lesley University