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Portland Shriners Hospital welcomes second teacher

Meet Lisa!

Portland Shriners Hospital welcomes second teacher

Lisa first realized her love for teaching at age 12 when she started helping coach the swim team at her neighborhood pool. Lisa continued working as a swim instructor through college and graduate school while she pursued her teaching degree, and by the end of her schooling she primarily taught adapted aquatics. For Lisa, working with children with all abilities stuck with her. “To watch a child gain freedom outside of his or her wheelchair was always one of my greatest joys,” she said.

We are excited to welcome Lisa to the Portland Shriners Hospital’s in-house school program as a new teacher. She is joined by Eric, who has worked with Portland Shriners Hospital patients for 14 years. The school program is offered to every patient, along with their siblings who stay at the hospital for more than five days. Lisa and Eric work with each patient’s teacher to make sure they don’t fall behind academically while they are receiving medical care.

For Lisa, her enjoyment for her work stems from her joy of working with children. “Working with children has taught me to appreciate the process of getting from one place or level to the next,” she said. “In supporting children’s growth and development both academically and socially, the path is not always linear. By appreciating and celebrating the small steps taken on the path, teachers help make the journey as important if not more important than the end goal.”

In her time outside of teaching, Lisa enjoys swimming, hiking, listening to audiobooks, and spending time with friends and family. She also loves spending time with her sweet dog, Poppy! The Portland Shriners Hospital staff is thrilled to welcome Lisa to their team!

Lisa and Eric in classroom