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The Academy's Counseling Team aims to support and promote exemplary, college-ready citizens across academic, personal, social, college and career domains in alignment with the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) standards in order to prepare our students for a responsible and successful future.

Please continue reading below for information on High School Counseling.

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Counseling Team

Counseling Team

Meet Our Counselors

Chris Kruidenier, Sarah Wetzbarger,  Kelly O'Connell, Kelly Richter, and Emily Lahoda are the high school counselors and make up the Mental Health Team at The Academy.  They each serve grades 9-12 split alphabetically. They work with students individually and through classroom guidance lessons. They focus on three pillars of school counseling: social/emotional, college/career and academics.

Chris Kruidenier
High School Counselor Last Names (A-Gr)
Email: Chris.Kruidenier
303-289-8088 ext. 149
Sarah Wetzbarger
High School Counselor Last Names (Gu-Pa)
Email: Sarah.Wetzbarger
303-289-8088 ext. 154
Kelly O'Connell
High School Counselor Last Names (Pe-Z)
Email: Kelly.OConnell
303-289-8088 ext. 152
Kelly Richter
High School Counselor
Behavioral and Mental Health Coordinator
Email: Kelly.Richter
303-289-8088 ext. 150
Emily Lahoda
School Therapist MA, LPCC, CCLS
Email: Emily.Lahoda
303-289-8088 ext. 310