Phone: 720-886-1900
Fax: 720-886-1989

25901 E. Arapahoe Road
Aurora, CO 80016

​​​Counselor Bios

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.​


Jill HoranHolly Treiber

Counselor​ for last names    A - Bus

 This will be Holly's first 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 Debard
 Sameen Debard

Counselor 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 7th year at Cherokee Trail, Sameen has found her passion working with students through the Student ACTION Task Force and Girls' Leadership Club. She also enjoys watching sports and spending time with her two children, Jacob and Nora.


Laura MillerLaura Miller
Counselor for last names      Em - Gar
Department Coordinator

A Colorado native, Laura grew up in the Parker area and graduated from Ponderosa High School. Not wanting to live too far from home, she earned her Bachelor's at Colorado State University and her Master's at CU-Denver. She's been working as a counselor at Cherokee Trail for 12 years. Her passion is working to help students create their own Individual Career and Academic Plan (ICAP) and specialize in careers in CTE. When she is not at work, Laura enjoys a quick round of disc golf at a local park or curling up with a good novel.



Hom Hacker Lindsay Gillespie

Counselor for last names    Gas - I

This is Lindsay's sixth year as a counselor and her first 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 games, watching the Broncos, and discussing anything to do with Harry Potter/Game of Thrones/The Walking Dead.


Sameen DebardBrooke Gabrielli
Counselor for last names    J - Lar

Post Grad Coordinator  

This is Brooke's 3rd year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail and her fifth 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, photography, and spending time with her husband and 3 year old daughter; she looks forward to welcoming her second daughter this September.



Hom Hacker Shondra Carpenter

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.


Kedar Witte

Kedar Witte

Counselor​ for last names   Muo - Ri

In his seventh 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.


Jill Horan

Jesse Martinez

Counselor​ for last names   Rj - Tac

 Jesse grew up in Southern California and played football, wrestled, and participated in track all four years of high school. He tried surfing but preferred skateboarding instead. After 10 years in retail at Costco Wholesale, Mr. Martinez began as a school counselor in 1999. He has spent half his counseling career in middle school and half in high school. 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. Mr. Martinez has been married for almost twenty-five years and has two high school aged children in CCSD. He has two big dogs, loves to stand-up paddle board, and occasionally strums his guitar. Since 2006, Mr. Martinez has proudly called Colorado his home.


Jill HoranNick Jasurda

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.


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