Kennedy Middle School

Guidance Department

What is the role of a school counselor?

School counselors focus their skills, time, and energy on direct and indirect services to students. Direct services are in-person interactions between school counselors and students to support academic, social and emotional growth. This includes classroom lessons and counseling in small group or individual settings. Indirect services are provided on behalf of students as a result of the school counselors’ interactions with others including referrals for additional assistance, consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, administrators and other educators.

How can I contact my child's school counselor?

You can reach your child's school counselor by calling 508-647-6650 and dialing their extension or via email:

Todd Heller - Ext. 2412, rheller@natickps.org

Caseload- Grade 5 (A-F) and Grade 6

Melisa MacDonald - Ext. 6656, mmacdonald@natickps.org

Caseload- Grade 5 (O-Z) and Grade 8

Kelly Morin - Ext. 6657, kmorin@natickps.org

Caseload- Grade 5 (G-N) and Grade 7


Getting to Know the School Counselors

Mr. Todd Heller-

I’m very excited to continue working with the families of Natick and serve as one of the school counselors at Kennedy. This will be my second year at Kennedy and my sixth year working as a school counselor. I grew up in Delaware and moved to Massachusetts in 2013. I graduated from the University of Delaware and went on to earn my Master’s in Education in School Counseling at Wilmington University. Outside of school, I love fishing, being outdoors, and spending time with my family and friends. I’m an avid sports fan and love baseball. I spent several years coaching high school baseball in Delaware.

Mrs. Melisa MacDonald-

I'm happy to say this will be my tenth year as a school counselor here at Kennedy! I truly enjoy being able to see students in the early years of middle school grow into wonderful young adults ready to leave for high school. A little about me is I received my Master in Education in Counseling from Cambridge College in 2008. I have two very energetic children who keep me busy; Jack who is 5 and starting Kindergarten this year and Kaitlin who is 4 and finishing her last year of Preschool. When I am not at school you can probably find me vacationing down the Cape, shopping at the mall, or enjoying time with friends and family.

Mrs. Kelly Morin-

I am Kelly Morin and this will be my ninth year at Kennedy! I love what I do and find great joy in watching students grow and succeed. I completed both my Bachelors and Masters programs at Boston College-GO EAGLES! I have two young daughters, Maya and Cecelia, and a dog (a puggle named Beasley). We love taking him for walks in the evening even though he has to sniff EVERYTHING:) When I'm not at school I enjoy running, reading, listening to Country music and I love the beach. I'm a sports fanatic too (especially the Patriots) and love watching most sports on TV.