Meet The CCR 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 Weaver
Dean of Counseling and Wellness, K-12

Rachel Kaney Weaver is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. Her career has been devoted to supporting children and families in the Atlanta area. Rachel earned her Bachelor's of Social Work from James Madison University, and received both her Masters of Social Work and Education Specialist degree in Professional School Counseling from the University of Georgia. Rachel began her career working directly with students and families as a social worker with the Department of Family and Children Services and subsequently transitioned to working with students as a high school graduation coach at South Atlanta High School. Rachel’s work has been devoted to identifying and building effective interventions to help students graduate from high school ready for post-secondary success.

Rachel joined Charles R. Drew Charter School’s founding Senior Academy faculty in 2013 and transitioned to the role of Director of College and Career Readiness in 2014.  In this capacity, Rachel developed and led a comprehensive school counseling program which ultimately graduated 100% of seniors in 2017, all of whom received acceptance to college. In 2019 Rachel transitioned to the Dean of College and Career Readiness position, where she continues her role leading the College and Career Team and serving multiple leadership roles within Drew Charter School. 

Rachel has a strong commitment to helping ensure equitable practices to eliminate the many educational barriers and obstacles that exist for students as they navigate post-secondary options. Rachel recently served on the Board of the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC) and currently serves on the Counselor Advisory Board for Georgia State University, Oglethorpe University, and Clark Atlanta University.  She maintains active membership in the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), SACAC, and the Georgia School Counselor Association (GSCA).  Ms. Weaver is currently pursuing her Educational Leadership certificate and is expected to complete it in the summer of 2020.

Tara Davis
Grade Level Counselor, Grades 10 & 12

Tara Davis is a Professional School Counselor at Drew Charter School and has worked in the school counseling profession over the last 10 years.  Not only does she provide academic support through scheduling and graduation status review, but Mrs. Davis also helps students with peer mediation, crisis intervention and facilitates individual and small group counseling.  

She is originally from New York and is a graduate of Hampton University.  Mrs. Davis discovered her passion for helping high school students after volunteering to assist high school students craft resumes and learn effective interviewing techniques while working in Human Services.    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.



Rob Richardson
Grade Level Counselor, Grades 9 & 11

As a professional school counselor at 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 effective choices aimed at achieving personal and academic success through the use of Choice Theory and Reality Therapy.  As a former teacher at 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 West Georgia with a specialist degree in counseling.  He also graduated from Georgia State University, where he earned his undergraduate degree in education, Master of Arts in teaching, and a master's degree in counseling. In addition to counseling, he invests time with the cross country team at Drew Charter School.


Emily Cusick
Lead Next Steps Counselor

Emily Cusick 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  Bachelor of Arts degree 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, Cusick 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. Cusick is also affiliated with several professional organizations including: Southern Association for College Admission Counseling (SACAC) and National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC).  She is excited to build collaborative, tangible partnerships between Drew and colleges and universities.

Mrs. Cusick'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.

Jade Domingue

Jade Domingue (she/her) brings seven years of professional college admission and financial aid counseling experience to her role as the newest Next Steps Counselor at Drew Charter School.  A proud New Orleanian and liberal arts alum, Ms. Domingue graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2015 with a B.A. in English.  While in college, Ms. Domingue gained meaningful work, volunteer, and educational experiences–she served as a leader in the student ambassador program, worked as a writing tutor, studied abroad in Accra, Ghana, and joined Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.  Upon graduation, Ms. Domingue served as a Regional Admission Counselor for Georgia College and has worked with students and counselors from Atlanta Public Schools ever since.  

Ms. Domingue recently served as an Associate Director of Admission at Agnes Scott College. She managed the student ambassador program and the Posse admission process and supported local high school programming, such as Drew’s annual essay writing workshop.  Ms. Domingue’s experience working with Agnes Scott’s small but diverse student population contributed to her belief in a healthy, student-centered college and professional search process with an emphasis on financial literacy and fit.

Ms. Domingue is a board member of the Southern Association of College Admission Counselors (SACAC), an organization that awarded her the 2020 Rising Star Award. She serves on SACAC’s Government Relations Committee and is enrolled as a graduate student at the Andrew Young School of Policy at Georgia State University.  Ms. Domingue believes in advocating for students, both individually, in the admission process, and collectively, on a policy level.  She also promotes students' self-advocacy in their college and career search.

Charlie Copp 
Academic Support Coordinator

As the Academic Support Coordinator, Charlie Copp facilitates Drew’s Senior Academy Academic Learning Lab. In the Learning Lab,  students take Study Skills classes for academic support in their core subjects. The Learning Lab also provides students in need of credit recovery the platform, time, and instruction to get back on track toward graduation. Mr. Copp also coordinates Drew’s Senior Academy Summer School.

Previous to Drew, Charlie spent time as a Special Education Teacher and Graduation Coach at Decatur High School, served as a Family Academic Support Liaison with the Georgia Cyber Academy, and was a Learning Support Teacher at The Galloway School.

Charlie graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. He obtained his teaching certificate in Special Education from Georgia State University and a master's degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.



Akil Rashid

Mr. Rashid has been employed at Drew Charter for 14 years. He earned his Master of Social Work degree in social work from UC Berkeley and received a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from Georgia State University.  In his role as the school social worker at Drew Charter, he is responsible for school wide attendance monitoring and intervention, student crisis management, family and parent support, conflict mediation, reporting abuse and neglect and follow up, individual counseling, small group counseling, community outreach, character education programming, assisting students with scholarships and summer camps, establishing mentorship programs, and linking families with medical and mental health support. He is also an avid soccer fan and has played soccer since he was a young child. Mr. Rashid started the soccer program at Drew Charter and currently coaches the Varsity Soccer team. He is married to Fontina Rashid and has two children.


Miriam Denard
Early College & Persistence Counselor

Bio coming soon

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Ariel McIntyre 
Learning Lab Teacher 

 Bio coming soon