Doernbecher Intermediate

The Hospital School Program located on the Intermediate Care Unit works with students who are medically fragile and are in the hospital for nephrology (kidney), neurology, and neurosurgery services.  On this unit educational services are almost exclusively provided at bedside.  For students who are able to leave the unit, they may attend one of our classrooms.

Once per month we offer Songs, Stories, and Science where we share folk stories, sing songs and teach an interactive 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 to bring rich, engaging activities that all our students enjoy.

The priority for the students is to continue their education and keep them connected with their home school. With parent permission, we will collaborate with teachers to coordinate school work.  Students can receive credit in their local schools for work completed in our program. We often function as a resource as well, providing information to families and schools if they would like assistance with educational planning.

Kerri Russell

Hospital Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Intermediate Care Unit   Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Ed., K-8th, Master of Science in Special Education, ages 3-21 Teaching Experience:  I worked for 5 years as a teacher then supervisor for a learning center, as a home instructor part-time during this period, and fourteen years as a hospital teacher. Hobbies: I … Continue reading Kerri Russell

Debbie Howell Mettler

Hospital Teacher, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital Intermediate Care Unit Education: BA, California State University, Northridge, Masters in Special Education, Portland Sate University Teaching Experience: I started my teaching career in 1986 in San Diego, California at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy. Most of my classroom experience was with students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. I moved back home to Oregon and began teaching in … Continue reading Debbie Howell Mettler