Meet Us

The Aurora AWARE Team

AWARE Director:

Jessica O'Muireadhaigh - Director of Mental Health and Counseling

jdomuireadhaigh@aurorak12.org

303-326-2000 ext. 28531

Our team includes:

  • Kim Kaspar, AWARE Coordinator

  • Erin Fawkes, AWARE Systems Consultant

  • Connie Young, AWARE Systems Consultant

  • Jackie Coppola, AWARE Systems Consultant

  • Austin McClain, AWARE Systems Consultant

  • John Damhof, Technology Systems Specialist

Team Bios and Contact Information

Kim Kaspar MSW

AWARE Coordinator

kakaspar@aurorak12.org

(720) 793-8449

Kim received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Kim has served the community of Aurora as a school social worker, PBIS district level coach, & MTSS Community Partner for the last 10 years, and has currently been in this role for 4 years. She has a passion for promoting social, emotional and behavioral health of students. In addition to her expertise as a mental health worker, Kim has been an integral piece of PBIS implementation district wide in Aurora Public Schools. Kim enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

Erin Fawkes

AWARE Systems Consultant

Serving the Northeast Learning Community

elfawkes@aurorak12.org

(720) 779-1359

Erin was a teacher for 15 years teaching pre-school through 6th graders in both public and private schools and has spend the last 4 years in her current position. She gained teaching experience in Missouri, Hawaii, Singapore, and Colorado in both general education and special education. Erin has been with Aurora Public Schools for nine years as a general education teacher, math coach, and for the last four years as a school psychologist. Erin has a deep passion for working to support the social, emotional, and behavioral development of students and consulting with other youth-serving adults.

Connie Young

AWARE Systems Consultant

Serving the Central Learning Community

clyoung@aurorak12.org

(720) 793-8442

I am the AWARE Systems Consultant for the Central Learning Community. I lead the AWARE team in Suicide Prevention and INterveion as well as in the PREPaRE school crisis training. My previous work as a Restorative Justice Coordinator, School Social Worker, Dean of Students, and Risk Response Coach has prepared me in many ways for this role. I am passionate about supporting the adults who support our students! For self-care, I often take long walks or get away to the mountains where I can engage in my passion for photography.

Jackie Coppola

AWARE Systems Consultant

Serving the Northwest Learning Community

jmcoppola@aurorak12.org

(720) 779-1357

My name is Jackie Coppola and I am excited to join APS as an AWARE Coach this year! My previous experience has been in Denver Public Schools as a teacher and school leader. I developed a love for alternative education early in my career and spent ten years at Emily Griffith High School before starting the GED Plus program. I had the privilege of opening the GES campus at Colorado High School Charter where I learned the power of community. My passion for social emotional learning led me to the AWARE team and I am grateful to have the opportunity to support schools with mental health programming. I am excited to lead the work on the vetting of SEL curriculum to ensure we provide high quality, biologically sensitive and developmentally relevant social emotional programming.

Austin McClain

AWARE Systems Consultant

Serving the South Learning Community

mamcclain@aurorak12.org

(720) 779-1367

Austin earned a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin, and his Master of Social Work at the University of Denver. Austin began his career working in residential treatment facilities as a direct care staff member and then later as a therapist, and has worked with youth from 5 to 19 years old in a number of residential facilities. The primary work with was youth that had PTSD, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder. Prior to joining the AWARE team, Austin was a site director at the Bridge Project, managing the Lincoln Park site and working with youth and families in Denver Housing Authority and the surrounding neighborhoods. Austin joined the AWARE team in August of 2020, and helps lead the work with Behavioral Health Referrals and Youth Mental Health First Aid.

John Damhof

AWARE Technology Systems Specialist

Supporting Systems Through Technology

jpdamhof@aurorak12.org

John has worked as a Secondary Social Studies Teacher for 9 years in Denver Public Schools and Aurora Public Schools before transitioning into his 2nd year as an Education Technologist for the AWARE Team. John received his undergraduate degree in Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota Duluth. John grew up on a small farm town in Minnesota and ventured out to Colorado 12 years ago to start his teaching career. When not working, John enjoys spending time outdoors or with his wife and two daughters.