Mary Claire Engel, PLPC


Why did you choose this specific field?

I chose to go into the mental health field because I wanted to be equipped with the skills to support others in enacting positive changes in their lives. I currently have my master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

What's a day like for you at High Road?

My day-to-day routine usually consists of meeting with students for individual sessions, responding to crisis situations, leading groups, supporting staff, communicating with parents and partner agencies, and lots and lots of documentation!

What do you enjoy most about coming to school every day?

What I enjoy most about coming to work every day is that it always feels fresh and new. Every day has unlimited potential and I have the ability to impact its course through my interactions with my students

Can you give an example of a ‘Little Victory’ you’ve seen a student achieve at school?

I recently witnessed one of my students independently initiate the use of a coping skill to de-escalate himself from an altercation with a peer.

Describe what’s special about the team at your school and their passion for their students?

What’s special about the team at my school is our investment in the success of our students. The job can be hard but we all come to work each day focused on making the day the best and most successful it can be for each of the students.