Career and Academic Counseling

Career and Academic Counseling2024-05-09T11:24:32-04:00

Career and Academic Counseling Overview

The Office of Career and Academic Counseling is staffed by three school counselors and two administrative assistants. This office begins its service to students and parents with the introduction of Lincoln Academy to incoming eighth graders and continues its service through the senior year and students’ transition out of Lincoln Academy to post-secondary education, work, military, or other pursuits. We welcome students of any age to return to us for assistance in future planning.

Some of the services available to students are:

  • Scheduling and planning classes each year
  • Meeting with students/parents/teachers regarding academic questions/difficulties
  • Maintaining and updating student records
  • Classroom education in career and post-secondary education planning
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Presenting to parents and students information regarding college and future planning
  • Organizing parent/teacher meetings for the benefit of students
  • Career and college planning, senior interviews, and recommendations for college and scholarships
  • Consulting and outside referral when necessary for parents and students


Contact Information

Annie Edwards : Director of Career and Academic Counseling
Annie Edwards 207-563-3596 ext 2127

Annie Edwards, a longtime educator, has served as a teacher, administrator, and mentor in an independent school setting. She holds a BA from St. Lawrence University, a MA from Middlebury College, a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA, a MA from The College of New Jersey, and is a certified school counselor. Annie spent many years as a member of the Northwood School faculty where she served as language department chair, Academic Director, Associate Director of College Guidance, and Advisor to the Community Service program. Annie also taught French, English and psychology. Next, Annie served as the Director of University Guidance at Beijing City International School in Beijing, China. Annie introduced and developed a comprehensive, four-year college counseling program, entitled University Prep (UP), to guide students, parents, and advisors through the college admissions process. She then made the transition back to living full time in Lake Placid, New York and served as part of the academic team at New York Ski Education Foundation for the Winter Term program, designed for student-athletes training in the Olympic region in the disciplines of alpine, freestyle, and Nordic skiing for the winter months, while earning her second master’s degree in international school counseling. Annie grew up in Maine and is thrilled to be returning to the region to join the Lincoln Academy community. Annie’s husband, Jeff, is the Managing Director of Ironman Asia where he produces sports events. They have a Golden Retriever puppy, Houlton, named after the town, where she was born. Annie and Jeff have three adult children who have successfully navigated the college and career process.

Annie is passionate about education and student advising. Annie encourages strong study habits, which include being comfortable enough as a learner that making a mistake is no big deal. Annie spends all her free time exploring the surrounding wilderness. She trail runs, mountain bikes, kayaks, paddle boards, skis, and practices yoga. Annie is an Adirondack 46er and has spent countless hours sharing the beautiful mountains with local school children. She loves to cook and make simple, delicious meals using locally grown produce. Annie can be found knitting constantly and she is willing to try just about any craft or project.

Academic Affiliations:
BA St. Lawrence University
MA Middlebury College
Certificate in College Counseling University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
MA The College of New Jersey
Certified School Counselor

Alicia Lemar : School Counselor
Alicia Lemar (207) 563-3596 ext. 2126

Ms. Lemar is joining the Lincoln Academy Guidance Department with both the passion and experience to help students with their academic, career, and life goals. A 2015 graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelors degree in both history and psychology, she then completed her graduate program in 2018 from the University of New England with a MA in Social Work. Ms. Lemar has served as a Guidance Counselor at both Vinalhaven School and Spruce Mountain High School. At Lincoln, she serves as an advisor, mentor, and career and academic counselor.

She enjoys spending time with her husband and rescue dogs, Willow and Grayson, and can often be found on adventures doing her favorite thing, being a "dog mom." Ms. Lemar also loves living in this beautiful state and exploring outside in the changing seasons as well as traveling abroad, and running.

Academic Affiliations

The University of Maine- BA in Psychology and BA in History.

University of New England- Masters in Social Work

Alexa Abbott : Registrar
Alexa Abbott (207) 563-3596 ext. 2128

Alexa (Colby Dodge) Abbott was born in Damariscotta and grew up in Edgecomb. Alexa lives on Westport Island with her husband Jason and daughter, Mara. While at Lincoln Academy Alexa has worked as an Educational Technician, a Jobs For Maine Graduates Job Specialist and most recently as an Administrative Assistant in the Guidance Office.  Both sides of Alexa's family have deep roots in the Damariscotta area.  Her mother and father graduated from Lincoln Academy in the 1960's.  Alexa enjoys her home on an island where she feels fortunate to be able to see a deer, osprey and harbor seal all in the same day!

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