- Middle School
Haley Carter is Thornton Academy Middle School’s school counselor, as well as an advisor for the Game Club and Yearbook. While she spends most of her time at TAMS, she also teaches Career Exploration at the upper school, and serves as the JV field hockey coach and varsity assistant coach.
Ms. Carter is another TA alumna! After graduation, she earned both a BA in sociology and Master’s degree in counseling at the University of Maine. She remembers the impact her school counselors had on her while at TA, especially Mr. Defrancesco! They helped her realize that she wanted to work in a school; because she loves listening to people and hearing their stories, a school counselor felt like a natural fit. “I’m so fortunate to spend time with students in many different arenas, I love to see how they are able to navigate their world, what helps them overcome obstacles and what makes them really shine.”
What is the best thing about working at TA? What is the most challenging?
The best thing about being a school counselor at TA is the sense of community. I always feel like a part of something in this amazing community of students, staff, and families. I also truly admire everyone I work with; they inspire me to be my best every day. The most challenging part is that there is not enough time in a day to do everything I’d like to do, and to see everyone I’d like to see!
What is your favorite school memory?
It’s not a singular memory. My favorite type of moment—whether it’s in my office, in the classroom, or on the field—is when a student surprises themselves by going out of their comfort zone, trying something new, and gaining confidence from a new experience of success.
What do you hope for your students?
My hope for my students is that they are confident in who they are. I hope that they will always stay true to what they believe in and stand up for everything and everyone that’s important to them.
What do you hope for the future of TA?
I hope that TA continues to evolve to meet the needs of our students as they prepare for their futures, and to remain a pillar of our community.