School Counseling

A comprehensive and developmental counseling program is a team effort involving school personnel, students, parents, and the community. This program promotes personal social and emotional growth as well as educational and career development. Group, individual, consultation, and referral services are available within the educational environment. The school and community work together to facilitate opportunities and choices for students so that they may become productive, responsible citizens who are lifelong learners.

Meet the Team

Susan folsom, MS

School Counselor / 207.582.3150 x3015 /

Serves students with last names L-Z

Hello! This is my 6th year working with students with last names L through Z. Even though this is only my sixth year as a school counselor, it is actually my twenty-second year at GAHS -- I LOVE our school!

I am an English teacher turned school counselor. I earned my BA in English from Colby College, MA in English from Georgia State U, and completed a Ph D. program in English at the University of Tulsa. I LOVE books! A few years ago I realized that I enjoyed working with students on social/emotional, academic, and college/career concerns more than I wanted to teach English. Back to school I went. I traveled to Husson University in Bangor for a couple of nights a week for two years to earn an MS in School Counseling. That was a super experience! So, here I am in the counseling office working with students, parents, Mrs. Pelton, and staff to create the best possible learning environment.

Thanks so much for trusting us and letting us get to know you.

Rachael Pelton, MS

School Counselor / 207.582.3150 x3014 /

Serves students with last names A-K

Hi everyone! I am one of your school counselors at Gardiner Area High School. I work with students who have last names that begin with A-K, and I stay with you through your 4 years of high school. This year will be my 4th year at Gardiner, but my 7th year as a school counselor and I look forward to working with you this year!

I graduated from Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee in 2011 with my Master's Degree in School Counseling, and before that, I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lee University in 2009. I love working with students and helping you to get what you want out of life. I wake up genuinely excited to come to work every day!

Other random things about me: I am married to an awesome guy, and we have an adorable 5-year-old daughter as well as a super cute 2-year-old. When you stop by my office, you'll see that I'm the parent who takes entirely too many pictures. I love to travel, read, and play with makeup.

I look forward to meeting you and working with you!

Mrs. Rachael Pelton, M.S.

Professional School Counselor

Beth Newman, LCSW

School Social Worker / 207.582.3150 x3206 /

Mrs. Newman earned a Bachelors of Science in Mental Health and Human Services from UMA and a Masters Degree in Social Work from The University of Maine at Orono. She has been employed in the Social Work field for the past 15 years, including working with children in residential care, in their homes, through outpatient therapy, and now in a school setting. At Gardiner Area High School, Mrs. Newman provides our students with support through individual or group appointments, classroom observation, as well as ongoing counseling services. She connects us with community resources as well as helps train GAHS Staff.

Melissa Gregoire

Registrar / 207.582.3150 x3012 /

Melissa has an Associates Degree in Computer Science from UMA and has worked at GAHS for 12 years. She started in the Main Office as an Administrative Assistant and moved over to the Guidance Department in 2016 to become our Registrar. She is responsible for all student records including cumulative records and permanent files, creating student schedules, as well as new student enrollments.

Elizabeth Choate

Administrative Assistant / 207.582.3150 x3011 /

After attending The University of Maine at Farmington for three years to study Secondary Ed/English, Elizabeth transferred to Life Pacific College where she finished her Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies. She is responsible for managing our office, events, and the calendars of our counselors.

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