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.​


Shondra CarpenterShondra Carpenter

Counselor for last names     Ken-Men

This will be Shondra's 19th school year in secondary education, and the start of her 11th year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail High School. She is incredibly proud to be part of such an amazing community where all aspects of a student's high school experience are supported. Prior to Cherokee Trail, she worked for 8 years as a Spanish teacher and counselor at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Shondra has completed two Master's Degrees, one is in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and the other is in School Counseling from the University of Phoenix. She completed her undergraduate degree in History and Spanish from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. (Go Huskers!) She has two children in the district (5 & 6th grade), and her husband Steve is the Athletic Director at CT.

Sameen Debard
 Sameen Debard

Counselor for last names    Cat-For

Originally born in Pakistan, Sameen has spent most of her life in Colorado and is a graduate of Cherry Creek Schools. Sameen attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where she received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration & Management. After discovering her passion for working with kids, she pursued her Master's degree in Counseling and Human Services at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Sameen loves working with CT students in Student Forum, Student ACTION Task Force, and Girls' Leadership Club. She also enjoys watching sports and spending time with her husband Jeremy and baby boy Jacob.

Brooke GabrielliBrooke Gabrielli

Counselor for last names    Hao-Kem

This will be Brooke's first year as a counselor at Cherokee Trail and her third year as a school counselor. Prior to joining the Cougars, Brooke taught English for five years at Eaglecrest High School and was a school counselor in Arizona and at Laredo Middle School. She completed her Bachelor's degree in English at the University of Redlands (Och Tamale!) in California and earned her Master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver.  Outside of CT, Brooke is married and has a 1 year old daughter. She enjoys traveling, photography, attending any type of sporting event, and spending time with her extended family (including her 8 nieces and nephews).

Nick Jasurda

Counselor for last names    Stj-Z

This will be Nick’s tenth year as a school counselor and first year at Cherokee Trail.   Nick grew up in South Eastern Wisconsin and completed his Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.   Nick then went on to earn his Master's degree in Counseling from Lakeland College.  He is married to his wife Laura and they have a two year old son.  Outside of CT, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, hiking and construction projects.


Hom HackerTom Hacker

Counselor for last names    Ram-Sti

Tom is excited to return to Cherokee Trail High School for a second year. This year marks his 23rd year in the field of education. Tom grew up in Redondo Beach, California and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Education from San Diego State University. Beginning his career in education as a Peace Corps Volunteer, Tom taught biology and general science in Nadi, Fiji for two years. Tom then went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree in Education from George Washington University in Washington, DC while he taught special education in Maryland. In 1997 Tom returned to his home state of California where he taught special education for the next nine years. After teaching for 13 years Tom decided to make a change within the field of education. He earned a Master of Science Degree in Education Counseling from National University and will begin his 7th year as a high school counselor this year. Tom enjoys spending time with his wife Jill, 16 year old daughter, Hannah, and 14 year old son, Zach.


Jill HoranJill Horan

Counselor​ for last names   ​Fos-Han   

Department Coordinator


Jill is a graduate of the Cherry Creek School District.  She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at New England College, and then returned to Colorado to work as an Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Master’s degree in School Counseling and Human Services.  Jill has been a high school counselor for the past 9 years. She loves to run and spend time with her family.  She is married to her husband Matt and they are proud parents of their little boy and girl Molly and Jack.

Laura MillerLaura Miller

Counselor for last names    A-Cas

A Colorado native, Laura grew up in the Parker area and graduated from Ponderosa High School.  Not wanting to go far from home, she earned her Bachelor's degree at Colorado State University and her Master's at University of Colorado at Denver.  She's been working as a Professional School Counselor for 13 years, 9 of which have been at Cherokee Trail.  Her passion is working to help students navigate through the college admissions process.  When she is not a work, Laura enjoys a quick round of disc golf at a local park or curling up with a good novel. 


Kedar WitteKedar Witte

Counselor​ for last names   Meo-Ral

In his fourth 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. 

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