Jessica Braketa

Jessica Braketa

US Academic and Social-Emotional Counselor
Master's of Arts Degree, Counseling, UNC Charlotte
Bachelor's of Science Degree, Psychology, Colorado State University
Upper School

Jessica Braketa is the US Academic and Social-Emotional Counselor, and joined Carolina Day in 2016. Jessica’s focus is helping students to succeed academically, while also supporting them in their emotional wellness. Previous to working at Carolina Day, Jessica worked at international school in Brazil and a high school in Charlotte. Jessica has a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology from Colorado State University, and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Jessica grew up in Colorado, and is excited to get back to mountain living here in Asheville.    


Get to know Jessica Braketa:


What books and authors inspire you?

I enjoy a variety of books, particularly historical fiction, as well as books focusing on modern issues and the human experience. Related to counseling, I enjoy anything by Irvin Yalom, an existential psychiatrist, who has a deep curiosity and understanding of what is means to be human and the struggles we often deal with along the journey.”   


What is your favorite quote about education?

One of my favorite quotes related to education is by the Dalai Lama, “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”  I can’t think of anything more important than this next generation going out into the world with compassion and empathy for others.”


How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?  

“As a counselor, I would say that I am empathic, understanding and outgoing.”  


What personal passion brings balance to your life?

“Hiking, traveling, reading, drinking coffee, and spending time with my husband.”   


How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school?

Growing up, I always attended large schools, so this more intimate setting truly allows for deeper connections between students and their teachers, as well as everyone else within the community. As a counselor, I am able to know each student individually, which is something that is difficult to do in a larger school.”