The Mission of CTHS counselors is to prepare students to be college/career ready by planning a meaningful course of study, assisting students to academically achieve, and helping them grow and develop as lifelong learners.
Counselor for last names A - Bus
This is Holly's second year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail. She previously worked for three years at Chaparral High School. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology at the University of Northern Colorado and earned her Master's degree in School Counseling from Adams State University. Holly is married and has three daughters. She enjoys hiking, reading, watching her daughters' activities, and spending time with her family.
Sameen DebardCounselor for last names But - El
Originally born in Pakistan, Sameen has spent most of her life in Colorado and is a graduate of Cherry Creek Schools. Sameen attended CU-Boulder where she received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Management. After discovering her passion for working with kids, she pursued her M.A. in Counseling and Human Services at CU-Colorado Springs. As she starts her 8th year at Cherokee Trail, Sameen has found her passion working with students through Task Force and Girls' Leadership Club. She also enjoys baking banana bread and spending time with her two children, Jacob and Nora.
Counselor for last names Em-Ha
This is Becca’s first year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail. She is a graduate of Cherry Creek School District, and prior to joining the Cougar family, she worked and coached at Grandview High School for 3 years. Becca attended the University of Colorado (#skobuffs), where she earned her BA in History. She has spent time working with students and families in various capacities, including 7 months in Guatemala. Ultimately, a Masters in Counseling from Adam’s State University led her back to CO. When she’s not at school, Becca enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, trying new restaurants, and reading great books.
Counselor for last names He - I
This is Lindsay's seventh year as a counselor and her second year at Cherokee Trail. Before pursuing her Master's degree in school counseling, Lindsay spent four years as an adolescent case worker for the Department of Human Services in Arapahoe and Mesa Counties. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Colorado Mesa University and a Master's degree from University of Phoenix. Lindsay and her husband have three children, and she enjoys attending her kids' soccer and softball games, watching the Broncos, and discussing anything to do with Harry Potter/Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead.
Brooke GabrielliCounselor for last names J - Lar
Post Grad Coordinator
This is Brooke's fourth year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail and her sixth year as a school counselor. Prior to becoming a counselor, Brooke taught English for five years at Eaglecrest High School. She completed her B.A. in English at the University of Redlands (Och Tamale!) and earned her M.A. in School Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver. Outside of CT, Brooke enjoys attending sporting events, traveling, and photography. Most of all, she loves spending time with her daughters--ages 4 and 1--and her husband.
Counselor for last names Las - Mun
This will be Shondra's 20th year in secondary education, and her 13th year at CT. Prior to Cherokee Trail, Shondra worked for 7 years as a Spanish teacher and counselor at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shondra has completed two Master's Degrees, one in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the other in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She completed her B.A. in History and Spanish from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. (Go Huskers!) Shondra and her husband, Steve, have two children, both at Liberty Middle School. Shondra has a slight obsession with yoga, and in her spare time you can usually find her upside down at Core Power Yoga.
Counselor for last names Muo - Ri
In his eigth year at Cherokee Trail, Kedar is excited to work with students in all grade levels. Before becoming a counselor at CTHS, he received his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mankato State University and his Master's degree in Counseling from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He also worked as a high school counselor in Minnesota for twelve years. When he is not at school, Kedar enjoys the sunshine in the Colorado outdoors as much as possible.
Counselor for last names Rj - Tac
Jesse began as a school counselor in 1999. California State University (undergraduate work in History and Masters of Science in Counseling) was where he received his education and he finds brain science fascinating, especially as it relates to human behaviors. Jesse grew up in Southern California where he played football, wrestled, and threw shot-put and disc on the track team all four years of high school. He has been married for twenty-five years and has two high school aged children in CCSD. He has two big dogs, loves to stand-up paddle board, occasionally strums his guitar, and he has proudly called Colorado his home since 2006.
Counselor for last names Tad - Z
Nick has been a counselor at Cherokee Trail since 2015. As a Wisconsin native, Nick completed his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and then went on to earn his Master's degree in Counseling from Lakeland College. Nick is married to his wife, Laura, and they have two children. Outside of CT, he enjoys snowboarding, camping, hiking, construction projects and sports.