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Meet the Team

Dear Drake Families and Students,

 

The Drake Mental Health Team wanted to reach out and let you know that we will be available by Jeffco email during school hours and by Google Chat during our office hours between 9-11am. 

 

Caseload

Contact

6th & 7th Grade

A-K

Bonnie Legg

bonnie.legg@jeffco.k12.co.us

6th & 7th Grade

L-Z

Mandy Hodson

amanda.hodson@jeffco.k12.co.us

8th Grade

A-Z

Dena Kneisl

dena.kneisl@jeffco.k12.co.us

Social Worker

Tray Dubray

tray.dubray@jeffco.k12.co.us

Social Worker

Sarah Cratty

sarah.cratty@jeffco.k12.co.us

Social Emotional Learning Specialist

Kari Grey

kari.gray@jeffco.k12.co.us




We would like to share resources for mental health/wellness:

https://www.nami.org/getattachment/Press-Media/Press-Releases/2020/COVID-19-and-Mental-Illness-NAMI-Releases-Importan/COVID-19-Updated-Guide-1.pdf?lang=en-US

 

 https://www.mentalhealthcolorado.org/response-to-covid-19/

 

Jeffo approved mindfulness/self care apps:

https://www.stopbreathethink.com/kids/

https://www.mindyeti.com/v2/s/pricing





About Us

Our Mission
Together, we serve as advocates for supporting all students as unique individuals, preparing them for a successful transition to high school and in becoming self-directed contributors of society.

 Grade Counselor Students L-Z
Mandy Hodson
303-982-1434
amanda.hodson@jeffco.k12.co.us

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Mandy Hodson has been a school counselor since 2008 and has a background in both high school and middle school counseling, as well as teaching English Language Arts. She is thrilled to be working with students at Drake Middle School. Mandy will be helping students achieve their academic and personal goals, as well as start working with students early on for career and college plans.

Mandy is originally from the East Coast and earned a bachelor’s degree in English Education from Frostburg State University in Western Maryland. After several years of teaching, Mandy decided to continue working with students in an educational setting but different capacity and pursue a master’s degree in School Counseling.

Mandy lives in Arvada with her husband, Kevin, and 3 kids: Grace, Maggie and Charlie. For fun, Mandy and her family enjoy spending time outside in the beautiful Colorado mountains!   


6th & 7th Grade Counselor Students A-K
Bonnie Legg
303-982-1537
bonnie.legg@jeffco.k12.co.us

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Bonnie Legg has a background in various counseling roles, including working with children in residential treatment and as a school-based therapist. Bonnie is looking forward to continuing to work with Drake’s mental health team to help students learn about mental health, reduce barriers to learning, and reach their goals.

 Bonnie grew up in Lakewood and is a graduate of Jeffco Schools. Bonnie earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis in Social Welfare from Adams State University. She then earned her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado Denver. 

 Bonnie currently lives in Golden and spends her free time playing soccer, riding horses, traveling, and enjoying nature.


8th Grade Counselor
Dena Kneisl
303-982-1594

dena.kneisl@jeffco.k12.co.us

 

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Dena grew up in Jeffco, graduated from Colorado State University and is excited to be back in Colorado after living all over the country including Hawaii, Florida, Chicago, Pittsburgh and Arkansas. After working in Public Relations and then staying home to raise three kiddos, Dena decided it is never too late to decide what to do when you grow up! She recently worked as a Jeffco substitute while earning her Master’s in School Counseling from Capella University and is thrilled to be at Drake Middle School. 

 Dena strives to help students overcome challenges and recognize their strengths in order to build positive relationships and thrive in school and in life.

 Dena and her family (including Kona the best dog ever!) live in Arvada and love to travel as well as do all things Colorado including hiking, biking and cheering for the Broncos!

 

 

 Kari Gray

303-982-1514

kari.gray@jeffco.k12.co.us
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Social Emotional Learning Specialist

 Kari is a social worker and the Social Emotional Learning Specialist (SEL for short) at Drake. While she wears many hats, her primary focus in the SEL role is to support Drake’s healthy climate and culture. You may see Kari working through the Random Acts of Kindness curriculum, Restorative Practices, or Sources of Strength among other mental health supports. Her intention is to help all in our community reach their goals and overall mental wellness.

 Kari recently graduated from the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver with a Masters in Social Work (MSW), school social work certificate, and a focus on family systems. Prior to her time in Denver she received her Master’s in Education and taught in Chicago Public Schools; through work in residential settings and schools, she has been involved with people across the lifespan. Middle school is a great match for her passions, education, work history, and quirky personality.

 When not at Drake, Kari enjoys bouldering, skiing, hiking, spending time with her dog, Ninja, friends and family. If you talk with her long enough, eventually she’ll recommend a podcast or 12.

 You can follow her on Instagram @sel_by_gray and our Sources of Strength class @sources.of.strength.drake

 

Tray Dubray

303-982-5990

tray.dubray@jeffco.k12.co.us

Tray picture

 

Social Worker

 Tray Dubray has been working with youth for the past 20 years and obtained her School Social Work licence in 2007.  She has an extensive background in mental health needs and social emotional needs of youth. She is excited to be working with students at Drake Middle School. She has a strong passion for doing what is best for students and problem solving complex situations. Tray will primarily be working with Special Education students who have an Individualized Education Plan. 

 Tray is originally from Colorado but left for 6 years to explore and returned to Colorado in 2000. She earned her Bachelors Degree from Forth Lewis College and her Masters degree from Colorado State University. Tray has 2 children and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. 

 

Sarah Cratty

303-982-1510

sarah.cratty@jeffco.k12.co.us


Sarah Picture

 

Social Worker

 Sarah Sarah Cratty has been employed as a Jeffco Schools Mental Health Provider (social worker) since 2004.  She began her social work career at The Tennyson Center in Denver and switched over to Stott Elementary in Arvada in 2004.  This is currently her second year at the middle school level.  Sarah works half time at Drake Middle School and half time at Wayne Carle Middle School.  

 Sarah grew up in central New York state and attended college there.  She obtained her Masters in Social Work from Denver University.  Sarah is married and has two daughters and loves to exercise, travel, and be outdoors in her free time.

 



Counselors at Drake help students across social/emotional, academic, and career domains. Students can request an appointment with us by filling out a counselor request form in front of the Counseling Center. Parents, please note that e-mail is the preferred method of communication!

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