Thornton Academy News

Featured Faculty/Staff: Catherine Paradis–Director of Residential Life

Catherine Paradis has been a staff member at Thornton Academy for more than 20 years! She currently serves as the school’s Director of Residential Life and has been an integral part of the residential program from the start. Mrs. Paradis lives in Trojan Hall with her husband Greg Paradis ‘91 (TA football coach, class dean, and dorm head), along with their three children (Livy ‘20, Addy ‘18, and Jack ‘25), and the family dog! 

Mrs. Paradis spent most of her childhood in Limestone, Maine, but was born on Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. She is a self-proclaimed “military brat” and proud member of a military family—her father was in the Air Force for 22 years and met her mother while stationed abroad. She discovered how much she loved working with kids as a high school student, working and coaching through her town's parks and recreation system. She was also influenced by the great teachers and coaches at Limestone High School, and saw herself in a similar role someday. After high school, she attended the University of Maine at Farmington where she earned bachelor’s degrees in education and English literature. 

While Mrs. Paradis is probably most known for her amazing work with international and residential students, thirteen of her years at TA were spent as a member of the English department. She has also coached soccer, softball, and basketball; served as a class dean; and advised Student Council, Peer Mediators, and Project Success. She was president of the Thornton Academy Teachers Association at one time, as well as TA’s 504 Coordinator. 

More about Mrs. Paradis–

What is the best thing about teaching at TA? 
The community—I love being part of this community. And I love the many, many people who work so hard to do what is best for our students.  

What is the most challenging?
The work never stops. There is always a way to improve and get better.

What is a favorite TA memory? 
I have so many, but I love thinking back on the 2012 Western Maine football game when TA beat Cheverus. My then 5-year-old son, Jack, ran out to celebrate with his dad.

What do you hope for your students?
I hope they find something in life they love to do and find a way to do it. 

What do you hope for the future of TA? 
I hope that we come out of this pandemic stronger and have a greater understanding of doing what is best for the greater good of everyone. 

Featured Faculty/Staff Fun Facts!
Favorite food: Any type of PASTA!!!
Favorite book: “I could not possibly pick just one!”
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite Song: “September” by Earth, Wind, & Fire

Thank you, Mrs. Paradis, for your tireless work to create an atmosphere of acceptance, compassion, and fun where your “kids” are free to be exactly who they are.