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Virtual School Counselors

Michigan Connections Academy’s 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 counselors help students address the personal, social, and academic issues that can affect their success in school and in life.

At MICA, our 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 virtual 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 school counselors offer services designed to help high school students prepare for college and a 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
Melissa Norman-Dunton

Meet Melissa Norman-Dunton

Manager of Counseling Services

Melissa Norman-Dunton is the manager of counseling services at Michigan Connections Academy (MICA). After college, Ms. Norman-Dunton volunteered in Detroit with AmeriCorps where she worked with young adults and developed after-school tutoring programs, clubs, and workshops. It was during that time that she decided to become a school counselor.

Ms. Norman-Dunton joined MICA in the 2013–14 school year. She says, “The biggest difference between a school counselor at a bricks-and-mortar school and one at an online school is that an online school counselor is able to develop deep and meaningful relationships with students and parents. At MICA, our teachers can get to know our students and families on a personal basis. This ‘insider information’ allows our counselors to be proactive when creating guidance lessons to teach students coping skills, study skills, or to provide guidance to achieve personalized post-secondary options.”


  • BA in management with a minor in sociology from Wittenberg University
  • MA in school counseling from the University of Detroit-Mercy