• debir@sthelens.k12.or.us   503 366 7339  Frannie and Merlin
    This is my 17th year teaching special education in our District. I am a graduate of the 
    two-year Dual Inclusion
    Masters Degree Program at Portland State University.  I earned
    Oregon Licensure
    as a highly qualified teacher in both Special Education and General
    Education at
    the Early Childhood and Elementary levels.  I have also completed the Initial
    Administration Program at Concordia University.
    I have two children; Desiree and Neal
    and I could not be more proud of them both.  I have three adorable dogs, Willow, Merlin
    and Frannie, they are known as PBGVs (Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen). They make
    me laugh everyday.

    Meredith Hawkins works in my classroom as well.
    She may be reached at: MeredithH@sthelens.k12.or.us

    About Ms. Hawkins:
    Hello, I am the Special Education Instructional Assistant working with Ms. Rhoades. It is my
    13th year with our school district and I have worked with all ages and abilities of students
    from the ESD to high school. I earned a BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in Geology. I moved
    to Oregon in 1997, and have lived here for more than twenty years. My son is an OSU graduate and
    my daughter graduated SHHS and is attending PCC. They are truly the light of my life. I
    wholeheartedly believe in practicing exercises to strengthen well-being and growth mindset principles.
    During uncertain times, just know your child's mind is still growing every day and I would like to
    support the best methods they need to continue making gains this year.
    We can do this - together!!