We're here for our students.

All students work with a Burr and Burton school counselor throughout their time in high school. School Counselors support students’ academic and personal development, helping students every step of the way, from their initial course selections to their transitions to college or other postgraduate plans. School Counselors are student advocates, utilizing an approach that recognizes the whole student, and understanding that academic, personal and social development are intertwined.

BBA School Counselors respect individual values while encouraging students to challenge themselves through rich academic and extracurricular experiences. They focus on helping students chart an intentional path through high school that prepares them for a variety of opportunities in their post Burr and Burton lives.

School Counselors have three main areas of focus:

Academic Counseling Services
  • academic, curricular planning and student scheduling;
  • academic support and student advocacy;
  • collaboration with teachers, advisors, and the Special Services Department;
  • standardized testing, including the Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery, PSAT, SAT, and ACT;
  • facilitation of placement in internships, at Target, the Mountain Campus, the Career Development Center, and in off campus study.
Career and College Planning
  • visits to and information about programs at the Career Development Center;
  • field trips and programs, such as the Sophomore Career Summit, the NEACAC College Fair and College tour, a job fair, the Reality Fair, Career & College Pathways, and a Burr and Burton alumni college and career fair;
  • hosting college admissions representatives;
  • Fall and Spring college nights and Financial Aid Night;
  • FAFSA completion workshop and individual financial aid meetings;
  • Military Exploration program;
  • workshops on Naviance, the Common Application, college essay writing, resume-building, and career interest surveys;
  • standardized test prep course;
  • Junior Jump Start program and Sophomore Fall workshop;
  • mock college and job interviews;
  • Senior Spring Transition Day;
  • scholarship coordination;
  • summer opportunities;
  • individual and family meetings.
Social and Emotional Development Support
  • collaboration with outside providers;
  • partnership with the Health Center and the Success Program;
  • referrals for counseling;
  • parent/student meetings;
  • teacher communication;
  • individual meetings;
  • working with student clubs and various programs;
  • freshman orientation and ongoing mentorship;
  • transfer student orientation and follow-up programming.
Upon request, Burr and Burton will forward official transcripts to colleges or future employers.
Anyone who attended Burr and Burton Academy or Burr and Burton Seminary may release his or her official transcript by communicating with the school registrar, Mary Grabarz  (mgrabarz@burrburton.org).
Requests must include your full name while enrolled, year or years of attendance, date of birth, a current phone number as well as the name and address where the transcript is to be sent.

BBA School Counselors respect individual values while encouraging students to challenge themselves through rich academic and extracurricular experiences. They focus on helping students chart an intentional path through high school that prepares them for a variety of opportunities in their post Burr and Burton lives.

My counselor has been so helpful throughout the college process. She helped me find schools that would be the best fit, in addition to helping me with all application materials.
– Alison Leiter ’16

Meet Our Team

List of 10 members.

  • Photo of Kirk Knutson

    Kirk Knutson 

    Director of Admissions and Counseling
    802-549-8125
  • Photo of Maria Bittinger

    Maria Bittinger 

    School and College Counselor
    802 549-8136
  • Photo of Mary Grabarz

    Mary Grabarz 

    Registrar
    802-549-8127
  • Photo of Cory Herrington

    Cory Herrington 

    Co-Dean of Students, Freshmen School Counselor, Social Studies Teacher
    802-549-8210
  • Photo of Andrea Hogan

    Andrea Hogan 

    School Counselor
    802-549-8145
  • Photo of Kristen Kimball

    Kristen Kimball 

    School Counselor, Department Chair
    802-549-8157
  • Photo of Melissa Michaud

    Melissa Michaud 

    School Counselor
    802-549-8130
  • Photo of Jason Pergament

    Jason Pergament 

    Director of Success Program
    802-549-5244
  • Photo of Cristin Rose

    Cristin Rose 

    School Counselor
    802-549-8126
  • Photo of Lynne Welsh

    Lynne Welsh 

    Office Manager, Office of Admissions and Counseling
    802-549-8242

Offering every student a world of opportunities.

Burr and Burton Academy

57 Seminary Avenue
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254
Phone: 802.362.1775, Fax: 802.362.0574
info@burrburton.org