Meet New Director of Guidance, Kelley Hodgman-Burns
Posted 08/03/2017 12:54PM

In Kelley Hodgman-Burns' freshly unpacked office, a kinetic sandbox, play dough, and "Pinch Me Dough" in lavender scent are centered on a small round table in an effort to "provide what (she) can to help students feel comfortable and at ease. (Faculty too, for that matter)."


Kelley joined the Thornton Academy team in June as the Director of Guidance. After serving at Fryeburg Academy for 20 years in many capacities including: intern, Director of Residential Life, School and College Counselor, coach, teacher, and Assistant Admissions Director, Kelley  is enthusiastic about her new role and the recognized value that Thornton has for school counselors.


She grew up in Yarmouth and has traveled the world. Kelley was drawn to TA because of the unique challenges it possesses as the largest Maine high school with a blend of international and local students. Kelley looks forward to using her experiences from Fryeburg, the Leysin American School in Switzerland, and Oxford Hills Middle School to blend residential and day student components. She appreciates the traditions Thornton has and looks forward to further developing processes and supporting a school counseling program (with some mighty fine school counselors and support staff!) that serves diverse needs.


A few "Quick Facts" on Kelley:

  • She is married to Bob Hodgman-Burns and has three daughters, Isabel (21), Anna Kathryn (17), and Lucy (13)

  • She has a BA from Clark University and MS from University of Southern Maine

  • She competed in and completed her first Tri for a Cure in 2017

  • Podcasts and a variety of music (including The Smiths or The Cure punctuated by 2017 summer anthem Despacito) entertain her on her commute to and from Fryeburg each day

  • Switzerland was her home for a year

  • Headmaster Menard and Kelley both completed the Extended Teacher Education Program at the University of Southern Maine and both interned at Fryeburg Academy, though their experiences did not overlap

  • Her running partner, Myles, is a rescue dog from the Conway Humane Society

  • She enjoys cooking and is a little obsessed with cooking shows. She works out to balance her love of good food!


Thornton Academy
438 Main Street
Saco, Maine 04072
(207) 282-3361
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