Director, Mental Health and Counseling
Jessica joined APS in 2000, and is responsible for influencing and empowering the school social workers, psychologists, and counselors to support whole child development. Jessica demonstrates that having a strong vision for what’s possible and collaborating with an expert team can bring school communities together for the benefit of all APS.
Coordinator, Counseling Services
I grew up in a small town in southwest Kansas and attended the University of Kansas where I earned my teaching certificate to be a French teacher. I found that while I was serving as a classroom teacher, my passion was centered around helping students see themselves as individuals empowered to explore their assets and create a path towards a meaningful future, whatever that meant for them. I returned to KU and earned my masters in school counseling. In 2000, I started my school counseling career at Rangeview High School. Currently, I serve Aurora Public Schools and our students by coordinating counseling services in the areas of Individual Career & Academic Plans (ICAPs), Concurrent Enrollment, ASCENT, graduation guidelines, and systems development based on best practices as indicated by the American School Counseling Association.
Dr. Dan Gurzick
Coordinator, Northeast Community
Dr. Gurzick is a school psychologist with over 20 years of experience. He is an Aurora native and proud APS graduate! His passions in school mental health involve bilingual services, culturally responsive practices, and special education assessment. In a leadership role, Dan is interested in promoting social-emotional learning opportunities, creating mental health systems for all students, and supporting staff who experience burnout.
Coordinator, Northwest Community
Kim Kaspar, MSW received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Kim has served the community of Aurora for the past 14 years as a school social worker, PBIS district level coach, MTSS Community Partner, and most currently the AWARE coordinator. Kim is responsible for building systems that support whole-child development. She has a deep passion for working to support the social, emotional, and behavioral development of students and consulting with other youth-serving adults.
Coordinator, Central Community
Dena Joslyn-Custer, MSW received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. Dena has served the community of Aurora since 1998. Dena was a child protection caseworker for Arapahoe County Human Services for 7.5 years and then wanted to work more directly with students to make an impact. Dena obtained a position at Aurora Central High School where she worked as the only school social worker in the building for 11 years. In the past four years Dena has been working at the district level as the Risk Response Coordinator providing coaching, training, and support to the behavioral health team with regard to suicide and threat assessments. She also coordinates the District Crisis Response Team. Dena has a deep passion for working to support the social, emotional, and behavioral development of students and staff consulting with other youth-serving adults along with creating a safe learning environment for all students and staff.
Assistant to the Director
Technology Systems Specialist