Doernbecher Hematology Oncology

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The Hospital School Program staff who are located on the Hematology/Oncology Unit provide educational services to school-age students who have cancer and blood-related disorders. Students may receive services at bedside or in the classroom.  Most of our instruction is individualized, however, students have time to interact with each other and participate in small group activities.  Once per month we offer Songs, Stories, and Science where we share folk stories, sing songs and teach a science lesson. We are also fortunate to have community partners such as OMSI, Master Gardeners, and the Children’s Cancer Association who work with our students bringing in rich, engaging activities enjoyed by all.

The priority for our students is to work with them on assignments from their local school. With parent permission, we will collaborate with teachers to coordinate schoolwork.  Students can receive credit in their local schools for work completed in our program. We often function as a resource as well, helping families and schools navigate this often unfamiliar territory. We can provide guidance on short-and long-term educational planning, including school re-entry.

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Anna Balmaseda

Hospital Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit Education: BS Psychology, Portland State University; Masters of Arts in Teaching, Pacific University Teaching Experience:  I have been with the hospital school program for 13 years and have loved every minute of it.  I have a particular interest in improving the transition between hospital and home school for children … Continue reading Anna Balmaseda

Margaret J. Eng

Hospital Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Hematology/Oncology Unit Education: BS Chemistry, Portland State University; MS Special Education, Portland State University; Administrative Certificate, Portland State University Teaching Experience:  Multnomah ESD Outdoor School – 34 years; Multnomah ESD Doernbecher Hospital Program – 3 years; Candlelighters, 18 years as a volunteer Hobbies:  Reading, Cooking, Storytelling Favorite Books:  I read in … Continue reading Margaret J. Eng

Susan Anderson

Hospital School Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Oncology/Hematology Unit Education: BA Zoology, University of New Hampshire, Currently enrolled in MAT, SPED  program at Pacific University Teaching Experience: ¾ split, 6th grade, middle school science and English and high school biology, K-12 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Hobbies: Playing the ukulele, gardening, beads, and insect collecting Favorite books: My first … Continue reading Susan Anderson

Ben Sharvy

Hospital School Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Oncology/Hematology Unit Education: B.A. English, Reed College; B.S. General Science, Portland State; Masters Education, Eastern Oregon. Teaching Experience: English as a foreign language, grades 4-6, South Korea. High-school science, Three Lakes High School. K-12 at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital. Hobbies: Coffee Favorite books: The Complete Poems: 1927-1979, by Elizabeth Bishop. Also, … Continue reading Ben Sharvy