It all started with a dream

Two years ago, SHS life skills teacher Josh Nordell and Becky Stoughton, special education director, wanted to start a transition program to better prepare the school’s special needs students for life after graduation. The pair met with HDESD Transition Network facilitator Margie Blackmore and the trio put their heads together to help make the dream a reality.

Charting a PATH

The three decided to use the PATH planning process to help chart their course. PATH is a creative planning tool that uses graphic drawing to map out steps from a future goal backwards to small, positive steps that can be taken in the present in order to reach that goal.

PATH helped the team map out realistic and do-able steps to launch the Sisters’ Transition Program. The three then formed the Sisters transition cohort adding autism consultant Treasure Lewis, speech pathologist Jen Trout, and Youth Transition Program specialist Dan Saraceno to the mix. The group met monthly to make the vision a reality.

The SHS Transition Program began last September and serves 10 to 12 kids. The team was so successful they were asked to present at the OAVSNP conference this year.

Any school in the HDESD service area that is interested in starting a transition program can contact Margie Blackmore, Transition Network facilitator for assistance at


  1. Hi, I am trying to locate Treasure Lewis who may know a Debbie Barnes or be a relative? Ms. Barnes purchased a Beagle from Jean Applegate in 1993 and sent Mrs. Applegate pictures of her Beagle which I am trying to return. I am sorry to use this format and truly am trying just to see if Ms. Barnes would want the pictures of Scout and Maggie? Jean Applegate suffered a stroke in 2006-7 and her kennel is closed. I, a close friend, maintain her web site and did “inherit” several boxes of Beagle pictures, records, ribbons, etc. as her family did not want them.
    Thank you for ANY help,
    Steph Frye
    Canby OR

    • Hello! Treasure no longer works for HDESD.


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