Michele Smith-Sullivan Award

Nominations are being accepted

The Michele Smith-Sullivan Award

honors Michele Smith-Sullivan, who was a LPTA who worked for Portland Public Schools and Columbia Regional Programs for over 20 years. Michele was a mother of 2 lovely daughters. Her life was cut short from cancer on April 18th, 2009. Her daughters were teenagers at the time of her death. The girls had recently also lost their dad, Michele’s husband Bob.

Michele was extremely caring and giving to all the students and staff she worked with. She was also a very skilled LPTA who went above and beyond the call of duty in whatever she did. Michele had a love of learning and a desire to better herself and continually improve her skills as an LPTA. She exemplified excellence in all that she did. She was especially skilled in equipment design and fabrication and sometimes taught others her skills. She was a very unique individual with her own sense of style and that uniqueness carried over into her work. She made therapy fun for the kids she worked with and also brighten the day of her co-workers with her lightheartedness. Even as Michele neared the end of her life she worked as much as she could, not only to support her family financially but because she loved her work and she did not want to let anyone down. She lived and died with so much grace.

This award is presented to Oregon's therapy assistants who embody Michele's passion for supporting our most complex students.


Please notify Debra Fitzgibbons at debra.fitzgibbons@douglasesd.k12.or.us

with the name of your nominee and the award you are nominating them for.

Please follow-up with a packet via mail or email no later than April 12, 2021. Include the following information:

  • Your name, address and phone number
  • Nominee's name, address and phone number
  • A written summary of the contributions made by the individual in provision of therapy supports as a therapy assistant in educational settings.
  • Letters of support from others who have experience with the nominee's contributions (e.g., coworkers, students or their families, supervisors, etc.)


Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

April 26, 27 and 28, 2021

RSOI and OTAP continue the time-honored tradition of pausing to recognize exemplary achievements in the provision of education-based therapy services.

The award ceremony will take place from 2:45pm - 3:45pm PST

Wednesday afternoon, April 28.

Click for conference details and registration

Sponsored by RSOI and OTAP

1409 NE Diamond Lake Blvd., Ste 110

Roseburg, OR 97470



Debra Fitzgibbons, Coordinator