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

School Counselor / 207.582.3150 x3015 /

Serves students with last names L-Z

Rachael Pelton

School Counselor / 207.582.3150 x3014 /

Serves students with last names A-K

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. This is her first year at GAHS and she is responsible for managing our office, events, and the calendars of our counselors.

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