This page is for SPS employees who have run out of or will run out of sick leave, due to circumstances out of their control and are asking their SPS colleagues for donations of sick leave hours that can help them through their crises.

To submit your name as an educator in need of sick leave hours, please email with your name, school and short description of your situation causing the leave shortage and your name will be listed here for your colleagues to see, so they can help. if you're donating hours, the link to the form is below.

Posted on 5-20-22
From Michael Israel, Special Education Teacher at Eckstein Middle School:
"I am currently on unpaid leave for medical reasons, and it seems in order attempt to cover the bills for June I will need to use all of my Personal and Sick leave. I only have enough to cover possibly 2/3 of what's needed for the rest of the school year (40 hours needed). Any donations at all would be greatly appreciated!"

Posted 5-4-22
Request from Jeong Chi, Music Teacher at Licton Springs K-8:
"My Mom is unconscious and has been put on a ventilator. Even though she has no possibility of recovery and had previously signed to reject all life sustaining treatment, the doctor said Korean law doesn't allow removal of life support. It could take days, but quite possibly months, but no one knows. I have very few sick leave hours left. Thank you for your incredible generosity if you're able to help me with this. - Jeong."

 Posted 4-15-22
Request from Michael Murphy, Counselor at Whitman Middle School:
"I am Michael Murphy, and I've been with SSD for 30 years. I currently have been at Whitman Middle School for the past 10 years, prior to Whitman I was at 9 different elementary schools.
I have been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and have been out on Extended Health Leave for the past 6 months and hope to improve & recover within the next two months. Thank you for your conisderation in donating any leave hours you can spare.  Sincerely, Michael Murphy"

 Posted 3-29-22
Request from Abbey Rogers, K-2 Focus Para at North Beach Elementary:
Abbey suffered from a serious injury and needs extensive surgery to aid in healing and full motion. The injury and recovery time are severe enough that she'll be out the rest of the school year. She expressed her gratefulness to any of her fellow educators who are able to help and heartfelt thanks in advance for anything you can donate.

 Posted 2-28-22
Request from Keith McLaren, SpEd at Bridges Program:
I am asking for shared leave donations, so that I can have bonding time with my newborn son, Theo, and help my partner recover from her birth-related procedures. I used my accrued leaves in the fall recovering from a serious medical condition, so anything helps. Thanks for anything you’re willing to give.

 Posted 1-4-22
Request from Glenda Nicholson, SpEd Assistant at NOVA High School:
Glenda currently is in the hospital suffering with a very serious health condition, and is very much in need of donated Sick Leave hours to get through this ordeal.  She appreciates every one of you who are able to donate and make a difference in the life of one of your colleagues. Thank You!

 Posted 12-20-21
Request from Swanya Powell, SpEd Para at Franklin High School: 
I currently work at Franklin High School, I will be needing to leave work beginning January 11th due to surgery and treatment of a recent diagnosis I would like to return back to work March 14th physically/mentally prepared to fulfill my duties. During my time off it will allow for me to recover and grasp my “new normal” and be better prepared to tackle the all the work required to properly educate my kiddos. Thank you all in advance for any hours you are able to donate.

 Posted 12-7-21
Request from Zakarrah McCullough, SpEd IA at Rainier View:
My name is Zakarrah McCullouch and I currently work as a SpEd IA at Rainier View Elementary. I will be going on maternity leave for my first child starting 1/3/2022. I have already had major health complications during pregnancy, which required I take some leave. I do not have enough hours to cover even a full month due to these earlier issues. Being at home with my daughter for at least the first 3 months is going to be very critical, and if anyone is able to donate anything I would so greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

 Posted 12-2-21
Request from Susan Grant, CTE Curriculum Specialist at JSCEE:
After receiving my stage 4 cancer diagnosis last year and a full year of chemotherapy, I am blessed that the chemo has worked to reduce and minimize a good amount of growth of cancer in my liver.  At this time I am a candidate for Liver Resection Surgery to remove about 1/3 of my liver that did not respond to the chemotherapy and continues to grow. My surgery recovery is expected to be about 6 weeks. As of now I have almost exhausted my sick leave and would like to request leave donations to meet my recovery needs.  Thank you for the gracious donations in the past and Thanks for any hours you can spare now at this time – I am so grateful for the support I receive from my colleagues.  Many thanks in advance!

 Posted 11-22-21
Request from Brianna McLean, Math Teacher at Franklin High School:
A first-year teacher, is in need of leave donations.  Her father recently died in a car accident.  As a new teacher, Brianna has very little available leave, and she would be grateful for any hours you are able to donate.  Thank you.

 Posted 11-1-21
Request from Sherri Estep, Paraprofessional at Genesee Hill:
Hello, I am a paraprofessional at Genesee Hill Elementary.  My poor health and the poor health of my husband has caused me to nearly run out of leave.  In order to have surgery I will need donated sick leave or I will lose my job and have no benefits.  Right now my husband and I are sharing a hospital room as we both try to recover.  My goal is to have enough leave to return to school in December or January and keep my benefits.  I am grateful for any hours that you are able to help me with.  Thank you!

 Posted 11-1-21
Request from Charrie Gibson, Physical Sciences teacher at Genesee Hill & Cascadia:
Fellow educators, driving to work one morning in September, a careless driver lost control of their car and slammed into me head-on. I suffered a spinal injury and I am in recovery. I’ve exhausted my sick leave and personal days and would like to request leave donations to meet my recovery needs. Thanks for any hours you can spare.

Posted 10-27-21
Request from Patti Crow, Madison Middle School:
Hi again everybody.  I am Patti Crow.  I teach at Madison Middle School.  I am recovering physically very well from my brain surgery removing much of my cancerous tumor. But the damage it caused to my memory & speech is still on-going.  My recovery is slow with much more time needed with lots of speech therapy & a lot of patience.  I have received enough sick leave donations to be covered until December 19, 2021.  And I am so grateful.  Thanks everyone.  But I still have one last goal to reach. If I receive 105 more sick leave hours, my teaching position & benefits will be guaranteed until August 31, 2022. Thank you all for anything that you can give. Again I am so grateful to everyone. Love, Patti 

 Posted 10-19-21
Request for Hayden Miles, submitted by Franklin AR:
Hayden Miles is a first-year teacher at Franklin.  Hayden's sister died on October 12 following a car accident.  Hayden and his partner have taken in her four-year-old son.  In addition to the obligations associated with caring for a grieving child, Hayden and Whitney are expecting their first child in April.  As a new employee with very little accrued leave, Hayden is requesting leave donations to meet his family's needs. Thank you all for any and all hours you're able to donate to help out.

 Posted 10-14-21
Request from Lisa Santos, Special Education Paraprofessional at John Muir Elementary:
My name is Lisa Santos, a Special Education Paraprofessional at John Muir Elementary.  My father has passed away from cancer and I am left to take care of my mother with her medical and daily living needs.  She is going through physical therapy and will have a follow up doctor's appointment for her x-rays and lab as well as a neurologist appointment both in November.  I'm currently on FMLA leave and have used up all my bereavement, personal and sick leave.  I was also trying to see if I could again apply for Accommodations, but it doesn't sound like we are able to for a parent's medical this year. Thank you so much for any amount of hours you're able to donate.


Members can access the shared leave form to donate hours by clicking HERE. Forms can be submitted to or FAXED to 206-252-0021 or mailed to Seattle Public Schools, MS 33-380, PO Box 34165, Seattle, WA 98124-1165.