Providence Willamette Falls school program is an intrinsic part of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit that provides treatment for children with mental health challenges with the highest acuity in Oregon. This is a 22-bed unit serving children with mental and behavioral needs from the ages of 5, all the way through the end of their 17th year. Education instruction is provided four hours a day with the focus on academic curriculum, tutoring and homework coordination. Hospital school teachers work closely with a multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, families and schools to support in the transition of each student to their next placement, providing recommendations for 504 plans, IEPs and school re-entry.
As the teachers at Providence Willamette Falls prepare to deliver a presentation at the annual Association of Educational Service Agencies National Conference, we wanted to recognize their achievement of winning the grand prize for Innovation in Student Services.
May 20, 2016
(Pictured, Left to Right: Mary Botkin, Board member, Staff members Nalani Wineman, Lisa O’Toole, Sheila Schacher, and Scott Perry, Superintendent)
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Education Assistant, Providence Willamette Falls Educational Experience: I have been working with children since 1988, when I worked at a preschool. Later, after having children of my own, I began working in Special Education with high needs students ages 5-21. I was fortunate to attend many classes offered by my districts in autism, crisis intervention, communication, sign language, and more. … Continue reading Sheila Schacher
Hospital Teacher, Providence Willamette Falls Education: Undergraduate degree in Communications – Portland State University Teaching Degree in Special Education – Portland State University Teaching Experience: I began my adventure in education volunteering for a remedial reading program called SMART. Through this experience I learned that I loved serving children, giving me the incentive to go back to school … Continue reading Lisa O’Toole
Hospital Teacher, Providence Willamette Falls Education: B.S. Finance and Economics – Oregon State University M.A. Math, Science, Technology Integration in Education – Lewis & Clark College Special … Continue reading Nalani Wineman