33rd Annual Mary Hull Award Recipients Announced!

Dear Poudre School District Community,

The Annual Mary Hull Awards banquet has been a wonderful event highlighting our impressive Poudre School District staff who go above and beyond to support students with disabilities.

Although we are sad that we will not be able to celebrate these dedicated professionals in person, it does not diminish the outstanding work that they do each and every day to support all students!   Congratulations to the nominees and recipients below!  Thank you for all you do!

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 33rd Annual Mary Hull Awards!

Collaborative Award Recipient
Kelsey Sutliff – Olander School for Project-Based Learning (top left in photo)
Landus Boucher – Cache La Poudre Elementary, an IB World School
Heidi Hanson – Shepardson STEM Elementary School
Casey Peitz – Bacon Elementary School
Jenna Riep – Wellington Middle School
Kyla Walker – Lincoln IB World School
Sandra Weeks – Rocky Mountain High School

Honorary Award Recipient
Dylan (DJ) James – Fort Collins High School (top right in photo)
Cindy Ellenwood – Werner Elementary School
Lora Massey – Johnson Elementary School
Michelle Oliberos – Irish Elementary School
Colleen Rohlfs – Irish Elementary School

Specialized Service Professional Award Recipient
Nancy Miller – South Elementary, Middle and High Schools (bottom left in photo)
Donna Boudreau – Speech & Language Dept and Bennett Elementary, an IB World School
Karli Graves – Linton Elementary and Blevins Middle Schools
Patrick Reeves – Laurel Elementary School and Harris Bilingual Immersion School

Special Education Teacher Award Recipient
Sarah Daniel – Traut Core Knowledge School (bottom right in photo)
Jessica Conolly – Kruse Elementary School
Evan Daldegan – Tavelli Elementary School
Kelli Hill – Bethke Elementary School
Mike Himlie – Cache La Poudre Elementary, an IB World School
Cynthia McCarthy – Rice Elementary School
Molly Mross – Wellington Middle School
Marie Romel – Poudre High School
Meghan Rose – Bacon Elementary School
Jamie Westyn – Fossil Ridge High School


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Sarah Belleau
Integrated Services
Poudre School District

National Occupational Therapy Month – a note from PSD Integrated Services Director, Sarah Belleau

During the month of April, we are pleased to celebrate Occupational Therapy professionals!  Occupational Therapy helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational Therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

School based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants are key contributors within the education team. They support a student’s ability to participate in desired daily school activities or “occupations.” They help children to fulfill their role as students by supporting their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviors necessary for learning. School occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing (i.e., literacy), behavior management, recess, participation in sports, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, transportation, and more!

Thank you Occupational Therapists in Poudre School District for all you do to support our students!

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Sarah Belleau, Director
Integrated Services
Poudre School District

Autism Awareness Month – A note from PSD IS Director, Sarah Belleau

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, April 2nd, was Autism Awareness Day and this is Autism Awareness month.  Poudre School District’s Integrated Services staff provide top quality services to students with autism year round, resulting in impressive outcomes.  This is recognized not just locally but state wide and nationally.  Great work Integrated Services team!  Thank you for supporting all students, and this month, we recognize your work on behalf of students with autism.

Below are some of the statistics regarding autism identification.

  • 1 in 34 boys identified with autism
  • 1 in 144 girls identified with autism
  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.
  • Most children were are being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.
  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.
  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits across the lifespan.
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Sarah Belleau, Director
Integrated Services
Poudre School District
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