Randall Acute

We are a public school program that supports students, K-12, during their hospitalization and ongoing treatment plans.  All students should have access to learning opportunities and a social learning environment when they are hospitalized.  School in the hospital helps students reconnect to their routine and their school which in turn contributes to their healing process.  Our staff works closely with the nursing and medical staff to determine the appropriate level of activity for each student. Simply stop by the classroom or ask your nurse about our program.

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Shiehezi displays a beautiful cedar birdhouse built by her own hands. The birdhouse project kit was a collaboration with a former hospital school student aiming to fulfill his Eagle Scout requirements. Thanks in part to the successful completion of the project, he was recently awarded the Boy Scout’s highest honor.

Student Interview

herminiavolunteerWe recently interviewed one of our proud graduates Herminia.  Herminia graduated with a high school diploma in June 2016.  Our teaching staff attended the emotional ceremony. Herminia agreed to be interviewed and offered her perspective on the services that the hospital school program provides.

Read the interview here.

Classroom Hours

Monday through Friday, 10:00am-12:00pm & 1:30-3:30pm
ph. 503-276-9788


Joseph Cirillo

Hospital Teacher, Randall Children’s Hospital Acute Care Unit Education: I grew up in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Iona College with a Bachelors Degree in Finance.  After spending almost 4 years abroad, I moved to the Northwest United States and obtained a Masters Degree of Science in Special Education from Portland State University. Teaching Experience: I … Continue reading Joseph Cirillo

Lori Conner

Hospital Teacher, Randall Children’s Hospital Acute Care Unit Education: I attended Western Washington University for my undergraduate education and completed the teaching certification program in Elementary Education and Special Education through Seattle Pacific University. Teaching Experience: I’ve had the honor of teaching in special education since 1999. Hobbies: In my free time, I enjoy bird watching, … Continue reading Lori Conner

Allison Kestel

Hospital Teacher, Randall Children’s Hospital Acute Care Unit Education: I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 2001 with a Family and Human Services Major and Minor in Special Education.  I went on to receive my Master’s Degree from U of O in 2002 in Early Childhood/Elementary Special Education. Teaching Experience: After graduation … Continue reading Allison Kestel

Annabelle Davis

Educational Assistant, Randall Children’s Hospital Acute Care Unit Education: I completed my formal education in my home country–Guatemala, where I had the fortune of attending private schools all the way up to college. I have a love for art which inspired me to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Art & Science with an emphasis in Interior … Continue reading Annabelle Davis

Lisa Ford

Hospital School Program EA, Randall Acute Care   Education:  BS Elementary Education K-8, University of Oregon,   MAT Elementary Education Lewis and Clark College Teaching Experience:  I previously taught 4th and 5th in David Douglas School District.  I also taught all levels of swimming lessons including swim team and swimming lessons for people with disabilities. Hobbies: Swimming, walking … Continue reading Lisa Ford