For 23 years, Moira McKinnon has served as the bridge between high school and college for thousands of students. As a college counselor at Berwick Academy, a private pre-K through 12 school serving Maine and the Seacoast region of New Hampshire, Moira has been in the unique position of helping students find their way into the college or university that best aligns with their future plans and goals. Moira is also the faculty advisor for Berwick’s LGBTQ student group, a position she’s held for close to 15 years. It is Moira’s hope that through her work, she is able to lend an ear and give comfort to LGBTQ students who may be struggling with any number of issues in their lives.
“Being asked to lead the LGBTQ group and getting to work with our transgender students, our non-binary students, has been so enriching to me,” she said, referring to students who have transitioned from the gender they were raised as to a different gender or students who don’t identify exclusively with either gender. “I have learned so much, I have become a better listener, I am less judgmental, and more curious. That is the benefit of not discriminating. You benefit yourself by not discriminating. I have felt more connected to my students because I know them in a more full and honest way.”