Meet the College and Career Readiness Team
Our team is comprised of professionals passionate about helping students reach their academic, social-emotional, and career goals. It is our focus at Charles R. Drew Charter school to provide holistic, student-centered, and supportive services that meet the needs of all of our students and set them up for post-secondary success.
Rachel Kaney, Director of College and Career Readiness
Rachel Kaney is a native of Atlanta and has worked to support children and families across the city throughout her career. She obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from James Madison University, her Masters in Social Work from the University of Georgia, and Education Specialist’s degree in Professional School Counseling. Upon graduation, Rachel started working directly with students and families. The majority of Rachel’s work has centered around providing effective interventions to help students graduate high school and identifying opportunities for post-secondary success.
Currently, Rachel serves as the Director of College and Career Readiness for the Charles. R. Drew Senior Academy. Rachel believes that providing effective supportive services at the high school level truly helps impact the educational and career pathway for students. Rachel is excited about the opportunity to develop and lead a comprehensive school counseling program at Drew Senior Academy that is dedicated to ensuring students reach their fullest social, emotional, and academic potential for post-secondary and career success. Currently Rachel serves as a member on the Advisory Board for Georgia State University and Oglethorpe University. Rachel is a also a member of several professional organizations including: SACAC, NACAC, and GSCA.
Tara Davis, Grade Level Counselor
Tara Davis is a Professional School Counselor at Drew Charter School. She not only provides academic support through scheduling and graduation status review, but also helps students with peer mediation, crisis intervention and facilitate individual and small group counseling. She is a originally from NYC and is a graduate of Hampton University. After graduation, she began working in at Smith Barney in Human Resources for several years in New York City. She discovered her passion for helping high school students after volunteering to assist high school students craft resumes and learn effective interviewing techniques. Since Tara’s move to Atlanta, she has obtained a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Clark Atlanta University and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama.
As a school counselor at the Drew Charter School, Rob Richardson provides support to students in addressing academic achievement, career planning, and personal/social development. His passion includes equipping students with the practical skills to make positive choices aimed at achieving personal and academic success through the use of Choice Theory. As a former teacher at the Drew Charter School, Mr. Richardson brings the knowledge of the classroom into his interactions with the students as each student prepares for post-secondary opportunities.
Mr. Richardson is an Atlanta native and graduated from Georgia State University where he earned both his undergraduate degree and master’s degree in education. In addition to counseling, he invests time with the cross country team at the Drew Charter School along with coaching a number of Atlanta area endurance athletes.
Emily is a College Counselor at Drew Charter School. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C., where she developed her passion for education policy and advocacy. She earned her B.A. in Education Studies and Politics with a focus on Urban School Reform at Brandeis University, just outside of Boston. Upon graduating, she worked as an Undergraduate Admissions Counselor at Brandeis. In that role, Herman coordinated comprehensive recruitment efforts in the Southeast, served on the admissions selection committee, conducted college application workshops, and oversaw numerous merit and talent-based scholarships. Herman is a also affiliated with several professional organizations including: SACAC and NACAC and is excited to build collaborative, tangible partnerships between Drew and colleges and universities.
Herman’s career has been dedicated to the pursuit of increasing access and retention to higher education for underserved students, and was drawn to the holistic, student-centered approach to education at Drew Charter. She is thrilled to have moved to Atlanta to join the Drew Community, and looks forward to using her background in selective admissions to directly serve students and families to identify the right “fit” in a post-secondary plan.
Ashley Young, College Counselor
Ashley Young, originally from Maysville, North Carolina is a College Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School. Young graduated from North Carolina State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Interpersonal Communication. In 2011, she obtained a Master’s degree in Student Affairs Counseling from Clemson University. Young has several years of experience in college access and the field of college admissions combined, with a particular interest in supporting under-resourced and first-generation college students. She most recently served as the Honors College Admissions Counselor at Georgia State University, recruiting high-ability students and reviewing merit scholarship applications.
Currently, Young serves as co-chair for the SACAC Georgia Legislative Day, member of the SACAC Extending the Dream Grant Committee, is an undocumented student activist in the Atlanta area and founder of the Each One Teach One Scholarship at Jones Senior High School. With a heart for pre-college students and passion for college access, Young is excited to develop the next generation of leaders at Drew Charter School!
Michelle Stinson, Early College/Persistence Counselor
Michelle is the Early College/Persistence Counselor at Drew Charter School. Ms. Stinson was born and raised in Lancaster, SC. She is a graduate of Wofford College where she double majored in English and Government. Upon graduating, she worked as an Admission Counselor and Coordinator of Diversity Initiatives in the Office of Admission at Wofford College for three years. While working in Admission, her interests in college access grew as she traveled her recruitment territories in Georgia and Florida. Ms. Stinson is new to Drew as the Early College Support Liaison. Her passions include educational access, diversity in higher education and human rights, which are among the many reasons that she moved to Atlanta. She is very excited for the work that she gets to do with Drew seniors each year as they navigate their first time taking college courses at Georgia State University!
Abby Mason serves as a College Adviser through the Georgia College Advising Corps. Her passion for education led her to graduate from the University of Georgia in 2016 with a degree in Social Work. Following graduation, she decided to stay on UGA’s campus and assist mentorship programs in Clarke County. Ms. Mason loves working with students and encouraging them to reach their highest potential. As a College Adviser here at Drew, she is able to provide students with proper education and resources as they prepare for post-secondary schooling.