Support

A Nurturing Environment

We’re dedicated to ensuring that each student has the support she needs to succeed.

Our fusion of mentoring, advisory and counseling services empowers our students to embrace their authentic self with courage and confidence. Enhancing the learning process, our support personnel guide the development of all Merion Mercy students with their academic and personal concerns, and higher education goals.

Each student begins her high school journey with a personal orientation interview, and a dedicated advisor who guides her all four years. We encourage a culture of talking about personal challenges, be it confidentially or in the open, and ensure there’s always someone there to listen.

Mentors
Our teachers are always available to provide mentoring to students. While our advisory program allocates a specific staff member, when it comes to mentoring students are free to select a teacher (or teachers) they feel the strongest connection with. This allows for mentoring relationships based on shared interests and specific skill sets — we’ve found that the strongest mentorship often occurs through sports and extracurricular activities.

Advisors
Advisory groups have long been a part of the MMA student experience. Each student is allocated an advisor who will be her dedicated contact throughout her four years at Merion. She’s able to meet with them individually, as she needs, and also partake in an advisory group (of between 7 - 14 students) on a weekly basis. 

The role of our advisors is to help students navigate through their high school years and ensure that their individual learning needs are met. We encourage parents and caregivers to contact their daughter’s advisor with questions about academic progress, extracurricular opportunities, and course selection.

Counselors
While advisors sit on our faculty or are professional staff, our counselors are licensed professionals trained to help students with more personal concerns. Their offices are open every school day, and girls are welcome to drop in, or make an appointment by email.

Our counselors are held to professional standards of confidentiality when dealing with personal student affairs, as outlined by the American Counseling Association , the American School Counseling Association, and the National Association for College Admission Counseling.
 

A Dedicated Space

Our counseling suites provide versatile meeting and workshop areas. The space allows MMA counselors, specialists, and tutors the opportunity to work with students one-on-one, as part of a group, and/or with parents, teachers, and other professionals, giving students the freedom to share and to grow without distraction.

“The most special thing about attending Merion is the constant support from everyone. As I walk through the halls each day, I love knowing that I will pass by various teachers and classmates who have helped me at my worst, and celebrated me at my best.” 

—McKenna Foody ’23, Springfield, Pa.

Meet Our School Counseling Staff

Maria Carini

Maria Carini

Titles: School Counselor
Degrees: B.S., Villanova University
M.S., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 155
Alison Kelly '99

Alison Kelly '99

Degrees: B.A., Neumann University
M.Ed., Gwynedd University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 115
Sally McGovern

Sally McGovern

Titles: Assistant to Counseling and Summer Programs
Degrees: B.A., Villanova University
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: (610) 664-6655 ext. 124