School Counseling

Your future is right around the corner.

School counselors at Thornton Academy hold three central questions in mind when working with our students: Who are they? What do they do well? Where will they go after graduation?

Students are assigned a school counselor and will stay with that counselor throughout the course of their TA career. The arc of our work begins with 9th grade where our focus is on life in secondary school. We emphasize the transition to Thornton Academy, self-awareness, and how best to become an involved community member. In 10th grade, we expand the development of students’ interests, abilities, and career awareness. This work clears the way for more in depth post-secondary and college planning which is the crux of the work with 11th and 12th graders.

School counselors help students and families understand the need to maintain appropriate and individualized academic programming. The School Counseling Department works with students to market those experiences to appropriate universities and colleges. The college application process is a daunting and exciting time for students and we are honored to walk with them on that journey. School counselors are committed to knowing their students well, and to collaborating with them to develop the best possible transition plans from high school to their next steps.

Thornton Academy prepared me so well for college, both academically and socially. The school's staff and teachers encouraged me to try different things and find things I am passionate about. Now I know what I care about the most.


monika kaczorowskA, TA '18; George washington university class of 2022

What do the school counselors do?

Students at Thornton Academy remain with the same counselor for the four years of high school. The department is divided into three teams with multiple counselors on each team who will focus on their students. Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive grade-level curriculum in the most efficient manner possible and in a way that further allows us to develop the crucial relationships needed to assist our students as they navigate the many changes of adolescence.

Meet the school counseling staff

Alison Bedard

Associate Registrar

Jeffrey Camire

School Counselor, Varsity Golf Coach, Assistant Girls Basketball Coach

Haley Carter

Middle School School Counselor, Junior Varsity Field Hockey Coach

Mark DeFrancesco

School Counselor

Kelley Hodgman-Burns

Director of School Counseling

Jennifer Logan

Administrative Assistant

Mary Ann Martin

Administrative Assistant

Abigail More

School Counselor

Kelsey Ramsey

School Counselor

Melanie Serrano

International School Counselor

Adrienne Stubbs

Administrative Assistant

Sarah Tibbetts

School Counselor

Steven Turgeon

International School Counselor

Lucretia Wallace

School Counselor