Meet Your Teams (under construction)

Risk Response

Our goal, as a Risk Response Team, is to ensure that all students and staff are physically and emotionally safe and to provide the best educational environments to those they serve.

The Risk Response Team provides coaching, training, and support to district staff to ensure they will have the foundational knowledge in order to identify students and staff in crisis (harm to self or others) and have the foundational knowledge to support directly (if that is their role) or refer to the appropriate staff to provide the support and resources needed.


Primary contact: Dena Joslyn-Custer

drjoslyn-custer@aurorak12.org

Our goal, as the Wellness Leadership Team, is to create a culture of Sustainable Care in APS which allows our staff to find the balance between engaging passionately in their work while simultaneously caring for themselves, ultimately providing more successful learning environments for our students.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth. It’s a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease.

Sustainable Care is the ability to help others in a compassionate and caring manner that creates a sense of compassion satisfaction and prevents burnout. We are able to engage in our work with passion and commitment while simultaneously caring for ourselves in ways that support our emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. Sustainable care involves proactive strategies related to self-care, nourishment, and purpose. In order to know what we need to do to care for ourselves, we need to learn to pay attention to our minds, bodies, and emotions. This can be referred to as Mindful Self-Awareness.


Primary contact: Eugene Battle

ebattle@aurorak12.org


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Team Support

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Primary contact: Daniel Gurzick

djgurzick@aurorak12.org

AWARE

Aurora AWARE, a small group within the department, aims to increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth, provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues in children and young adults, and connect children, youth, and families who may have behavioral health issues with appropriate services.


Primary contact: Kimberly Kaspar

kakaspar@aurorak12.org


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CPI Trainings

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Primary contact: Rick Pape

rhpape@aurorak12.org

Assessment (Bilingual & English)

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Primary contact: Daniel Gurzick

djgurzick@aurorak12.org

Neurosequential Model

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Primary contact: Jessica Pfeiffer

jppfeiffer@aurorak12.org