Project AWARE is a program that American Horse School is in partnership with Little Wound and Crazy Horse Schools. It is also a program granted by a funding agency called SAMHSA. Some of the services the AWARE team at American Horse School has to offer are telehealth, peer mentoring, trauma informative trainings for all stakeholders, cultural mentoring, small group counseling, staff support, advocacy for students, staff, and parents, one on one counseling, positive Indian parenting trainings, cradle board making for parents, beading classes, inipi, wiping of the tears ceremony, educational impact trainings, and hygiene and food baskets for all families enrolled in AHS.
Hello! My name is Alyssa Brave Bird. I'm the Project AWARE Social Worker.
I have been with American Horse School for several years. This is my 2nd Year with project aware. I teach Social Emotional Learning to our children here at AHS.
I've lived in the Allen community for 10 years. I have 5 children and 2 dogs. In my downtime, I love to travel, bead, and practice my Lakota way of life.
Looking forward to another year with your students!
My name is Gorgie Paulhamus. I am the newest member of the Project Aware team this year. I am a school Guidance Counselor and I have worked primarily in the Rapid City Public Schools, but also, at Little Wound and Takini. I am originally from Rosebud, South Dakota and a member of the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. I am very much looking forward to a great year working with the staff, students, parents, and the community at American Horse School this year.
Welcome, American Horse School Students/Caregivers to the 2021-22 school year.
My name is Cassandra Conroy-Sharp, I’m the Trauma-Informed Schools Implementation Coach for AHS Project AWARE. I’ve been working with AWARE for 3 years this coming spring. I graduated high school from Bennett County High School in Martin in 2012, then I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Oglala Lakota College in 2019. I grew up in Lacreek district but have been living East of Allen for the past 11 years. I’m married to Justin Sharp who also works for AHS as an off-road excursion driver. We have 4 children and 1 on the way. I’m looking forward to all this upcoming school year has to offer. I understand that with the pandemic things are going to look a lot different from the previous years but I know we could get through anything together as time goes by. I can’t wait to meet you all whether you're a student or parent/caregiver.
If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me. My email is
firstname.lastname@example.org and my work number is 605-455-1209 Ext: 1034 :)
Hello everyone! My name is Shawna Evans I am now entering my eighth year at American Horse School. I have been in and out of different classrooms and am now working with Project AWARE. We have many different resources to offer not only our students but our families, so please if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. My contact information is 605-455-1209 or email@example.com.
I can't wait to get to know you and your students. Stay safe, happy, and healthy!
Hau mitakuyapi, greetings relatives and friends. My name is John RIchard and I am the cultural mentor of the Project AWARE program. I have obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Haskell Indian Nations University. Having a background in education I realized how significant and influential it is to have e cultural identity to build prosperity in succeeding not only in education but in everyday life. As Pass Creek district is my home and where I grew up, I am very humbled to serve and give back to the community and most importantly the children as I was once one of the students. I look forward to using my education to provide a comforting environment, cultural support, and pathways of healthy ways of healing and resiliency for the students, families and staff.