Meet the Team

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Counselors: 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.

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!

Would you like to request to meet with one of us?
If so, please click HERE to access the request form.
We are also available during school hours via email
and also from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. via Google Chat.

Counselor For 6th Grade Students
Jamie Richey
is filling in for Bonnie
while she is on Maternity Leave.
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Bonnie Legg
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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.

Counselor For 7th Grade Students
Mandy Hodson
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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!   

8th Grade Counselor
Dena Kneisl
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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!

Matthew Schacht

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Matt Schacht moved to Colorado in 1996 from NYC where he attended NYU. He has worked in Jeffco since 1998 as an English teacher at Bear Creek HS. Recognizing the obstacles to learning that many students have, he decided to shift his career in education.

In 2012, he completed his counseling program at the University of Phoenix and began his counseling career at Standley Lake HS and Bear Creek HS. He is excited to be a member of the Drake team and loves all things Dragon.

In his spare time, he enjoys strumming a guitar, reading, jogging, practicing t’ai chi, and writing riveting bios about himself.

Social Worker
Tray Dubray
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Tray Dubray has been working with youth for the past 20 years and obtained her School Social Work license 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 two children and enjoys being outdoors and spending time with her loved ones. 

Social Worker
Sarah Cratty
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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.


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