Lincoln Academy Guidance Overview

The Guidance Office is staffed by three guidance counselors and two guidance 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 through the Guidance Office 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

There are lots of college-search resources at the Lincoln Academy Naviance site. Follow this Link to Naviance.

The Lincoln Academy Senior Handbook is updated every year with relevant information for seniors. The College Application Contract outlines the guidance office and student and family responsibilities regarding the college application process and deadlines.

The 2020-21 High school profile shows Lincoln Academy’s academic overview at a glance.

See more about College Counseling services.

Lists & Guides

Click to see a list of Upcoming College Visits.

Click to see a list of College Open Houses.

Click to see a list of Guidance Newsletters.

Click to see a list of Career, College and Scholarship Resources.

Click to see Scholarships Available for LA Alumni.

May, 2021 College Night Video

Contact Information

Sarah Wills-Viega : Director of Counseling and Studies, Outing Club Co-Advisor
Sarah Wills-Viega

As Director of Counseling and Studies, Mrs. Wills-Viega manages the Guidance Office, provides college, academic and personal counseling support for students and assists with the development and administration of the academic program at Lincoln Academy. Mrs. Wills-Viega has worked at LA for the last twelve years and particularly enjoys helping students attain their goals and helping the school meet the needs of its diverse student population. Prior to coming to LA, she worked as the Director of Guidance at Boothbay Region High School and as a school counselor at Woolwich Central School and Durham Elementary School.  Mrs. Wills-Viega loves to ski, sail, paddle board, hike and garden. She also loves spending time with her extended family at their cottage on Westport Island. When not on Westport Island, she and her husband, Steve, a woodworker, live in Walpole.

Academic Affiliations:

BA Psychology, University of Vermont,
M.Ed. Counselor Education, University of Southern Maine.

(207) 563-3596 ext. 126
Jose Cordero : Guidance Counselor
Jose Cordero
Mr. Cordero grew up among the lobstermen and women of Owls Head Maine.   He spent his youth playing music, participating in theater and dreaming of one day working for NASA.  Eventually finding passion within education he turned his focus toward college by attaining his Masters Degree in Higher Education Student Development and then spending 15 years working in college admission, academic advising, new student orientation and multicultural student affairs.  He's recently returned to his roots here in Maine after working for the University of California-Berkeley.  Mr. Cordero serves Lincoln Academy students as a Guidance Counselor and mentor.  In his time off he enjoys spending time with his wife and two young and adorable sons, sailing, working on old cars, and taking long road trips.

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. Music - University of Maine
M.Ed. Higher Education - University of Maine

207 563-3596 ext. 170
Eliza Mathews Gleason : Guidance Counselor
Eliza Mathews Gleason

Eliza Mathews Gleason joined the Guidance Department at LA in 2019.  A 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence University with an M.A. from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., Eliza and her husband have recently moved back to Maine. Prior to her move back to Maine, Eliza served as Associate Director of College Counseling at The Rivers School in Weston, MA and before that held the same position at Suffield Academy in CT.  She has worked in college admissions at Trinity College in Connecticut, Syracuse University, and New York University.  She identifies as being a bit of a "crazy dog lady" and has an adorable golendoodle, Lola.

When joining the LA Guidance Team, Eliza shared, "I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to 'go away,' experience varying college processes from different perspectives, and return to my home state to work with students with a variety of interests in this wonderful community. I am excited to get started!"

Academic Affiliations:

B.A. St. Lawrence University

M.A. School Counseling, George Washington University
Alexa Abbott : Administrative Assistant
Alexa Abbott

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!

(207) 563-3596 ext. 128
Cynthia Blodgett : Administrative Assistant
Cynthia Blodgett

Cindy (Poland) Blodgett was born in Damariscotta and grew up in the village of Round Pond famous for its’ 4th of July Parade and where she spends much of her summer with family and friends. She is a proud alum of Lincoln Academy along with her sisters and her large family of cousins, nieces and nephews who will continue to attend and graduate from LA for years to come. She has worked at Lincoln Academy for over twenty years, beginning her career at LA as the Health Center Assistant upon its inception in the Fall of 1995. She soon moved to her position as an Administrative Assistant in the Guidance Office. Cindy lives in Waldoboro with her husband Seth who was LA’s first School Resource Officer, a day per week position at that time.  Cindy and Seth are proud parents of two adult children, Stephany and Will, and a granddaughter Ava.

Academic Affiliations:

A.A. Business, University of Southern Maine

(207) 563-3596 ext. 125

Upcoming Events


Helpful Links

Latest Guidance News

Back to School 2021

August 2: Registration portal opens
August 16: Preseason Sports begin
August 31: 9th grade parent orientation 6pm
September 1: 9th and 10th grade orientation
September 2: All grades begin school
September 6: Labor Day Holiday, no school
September 8: Open House for parents

To see the complete schedule and the 2021 parent letter, click here.

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Newcastle, Maine 04553

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