With more than a half-century of counseling and education experience combined, the International School Counseling Team serves the 200+ boarding students at Thornton Academy. The team recognizes the unique position our students are in while being educated far from home. Our approach is to provide appropriate supports, mindful reflection, and subtle challenge through the high school experience and often complicated college application process. The team knows that parents would do it if they could so in combination with the residential life office, Golden Edge, and the counseling office we strive to provide the best care possible. The three counselors work together and consult with one another almost daily. Your child will be assigned one counselor and that counselor will stay with him/her through the high school experience. The team works together to create programing and address unique needs of an international population.
Director of Guidance and school counselor, Kelley Hodgman-Burns is in her first year at Thornton Academy. Prior to that she worked as an International School Counselor, Middle School Counselor, teacher, dorm parent, coach, Associate Admissions Director and Residential Life Director in various schools in Maine and Europe.
Kelley received her BA from Clark University and advanced degrees in counseling and education at the University of Southern Maine. She has led workshops titled “counseling the international student” to high school counselors and university support faculty. She is very excited to bring her experience and knowledge to Thornton Academy in a leadership role. She joins Steve Turgeon and Melanie Serrano to serve the international population at TA.
Steve Turgeon has been a licensed school counselor for over 30 years. He has worked in private & public middle and high schools serving as a teacher, counselor, athletic director, principal and school board member. As a college counselor, Turgeon has assisted in the placement of hundreds of high school seniors into many of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the world.
Steve has a master's degree from the University Of New Hampshire Graduate School Of Education and a post-master's certificate of completion from the University of Southern Maine.
Melanie Serrano joins Thornton Academy's school counseling department following twelve years in the classroom. She has taught French and Spanish at both the high school and middle school levels, and has taught English language learners at the middle school level. Melanie has been internationally focused since her first trip abroad as a junior at TA (class of 1993). Since then she has traveled to 25 different countries and has also studied abroad. She is keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities that our international students face and is honored to help them navigate these. Melanie enjoys getting to know each of her students, learning what their interests are, and helping them create and achieve their goals for life after Thornton Academy. Melanie has a BA from the University of New Hampshire and an MA from the University of Southern Maine.
L-R: Mrs. Serrano, Mr. Turgeon, Mrs. Hodgman-Burns