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 5-12-21
Request from Claudine Cross, Special Education teacher at Franklin High School:
I have a serious medical condition warranting FMLA and cannot return to work for the remainder of the 20/21 school year. Because I am new to the district and have not accrued enough sick days, I will run out of sick leave hours by May 19th. I'm in need of sick leave hours to cover until June 18th, and would very much appreciate any leave hours you are able to donate.  Many thanks and God Bless.

Posted 5-12-21
Request from Daisy Lukas, Admin Secretary at Montlake Elementary:
I have worked for SPS for three years, my 11 year old daughter who is experiencing mental illness is needing 24 hour supervision. I am on full time emergency FMLA leave to care for her, as a single parent and my personal and donated leave was already depleted due to needing to care for my daughter when schools closed. If you can spare any leave it  would have a huge impact helping us remain in our housing and enable me to continue to work with her team, support her back to health, and get peer contact by attending the small amount of in person learning she gets with the new schedule. Thank you for any and all that you can donate.I hope to be able to return the generosity in the future.

Posted 4-23-21
Request from Makena Gadient, Special Education IA Focus room, Garfield High School:
Hello all - I wanted to ask if anyone is able to donate sick leave for me, and thank you to those that already have. I'm 27 years old and battling stage 2 vocal cancer. I have finished radiation, and am waiting for tests to see if we are in the clear cancer wise. I currently can't work since I can only whisper to verbally communicate to students, and whispering damages my vocal cords further. I'm still waiting for my voice to return. Anything that anyone would be able to donate would help me be able to heal and return to the classroom with a voice and way to support my students. I've used up all my own leave since it took a year to get a correct diagnosis along with vocal pain / complete voice loss as well as using it for tests/scans/radiation. A huge thanks to you all!

Posted 4-12-21
Justine Valdez, Language Arts Teacher at West Seattle High School, is requesting leave donations to help with maternity leave, as she's new to the district and doesn't have enough time accrued to cover the time off. Her partner was laid off due to Covid-19, so she is currently their head of household, so it's even more critical that she keep from going under during this time. She thanks all of you who are able to help, and appreciates every hour you're able to donate!

Posted 4-9-21
Cindy "Chef" Hess, the Culinary Arts instructor at Rainier Beach High School, had a very extensive back surgery in December. She is a .5 teacher and doesn’t qualify for the family medical leave. Many hours have been generously donated to her but she has recently learned that she needs additional donations to cover the rest of this school year. She is extremely grateful for the generosity of our members. Thank You.

Posted 4-8-21
Heather Cline, Spanish Teacher at Lincoln High School and single mom, is extremely grateful for all who have donated and feels terribly requesting  additional sick leave donations.  Her daughter, Saida, (who is also immunocompromised) had a major surgery at Children’s Hospital in March and Heather had planned to return to teaching remotely in April, however the in-person mandate changed that plan.  Unfortunately, despite specific instructions from her daughter’s medical team that it was not safe for either mother or daughter to return to in-person education, her accommodation request to continue teaching remotely was denied by the district.  As such, Heather is requesting additional leave donations to avoid potentially disastrous financial effects of unpaid leave.  Both Saida and Heather appreciate any and all leave hours you are able to donate during this challenging and stressful time for all. 

Posted 4-1-21
Theresa Knox, Resource Room Teacher at Lafayette Elementary was diagnosed in February with a middle ear disorder. The disorder is causing memory problems and constant vertigo. Work is not a possibility until surgery, treatment and medication remedies are applied. She is the sole breadwinner for the family and will be out of work through June, so  ANY and all donated sick hours will be VERY welcome! 
She thanks you all in advance, and hopes to be in a position to help others in the future with similar needs.

Posted 3-11-21
Benten Arriola, Office Assistant at Coe Elementary is in need of donated sick leave, having to take extra days off after a total knee replacement, and unfortunately has recently been diagnosed with Covid-19. Not much leave was left after the knee surgery, so any sick time you feel you can spare would help tremendously. Many thanks are in advance!

Posted 2-25-21
Carmel Smith, Special Education teacher at Madrona Elementary School has a serious medical condition that will require an upcoming surgery and being out of work for an undetermined amount of time, and is in serious need of sick leave hours. She appreciates any sick leave donations that can be donated on her behalf. Thank you!

Posted 2-25-21
Lawrence Ball, at Mercer International MS, is currently on Family Medical Leave and will run out of sick days by late April. He needs sick leave hours to cover intil mid-June, and would very much appreciate any leave hours you are able to donate. Thank you all! Stay strong!

Posted 2-1-21

Dorr Anderson, Sped IA at View Ridge Elementary has a son born in May 2020 with a genetic condition called Tuberous Schlerosis Complex, which has led to many doctor visits and much time off needed. Unfortunately, this trend will continue to require many more visits and sick time. Dorr will be incredibly grateful for any sick time you're able to spare to help make his and his son's situation less of a burden. Thanks so much!

Posted 12-1-20

Heather Cline, Spanish Teacher at Lincoln High School and a single mom, is in need of sick leave donations due to the upcoming surgery her daughter will be going through at Children's Hospital.  Due to Covid-19 protocols and restrictions, more time off is required for isolating prior to the surgery. Because of these requirements, Heather won't have enough leave to last through this time.
She appreciates any and all leave hours you can donate. Her daughter Saida thanks you, too! 

Posted 11-30-20

Susan Grant, CTE Specialist at JSCEE was just diagnosed with cancer which has metastasized to her liver.  Susan has had a 27 year career with Seattle Public Schools. Prior to her current position she was a Family and Consumer Science teacher at Ingraham High School. As a result of her recent diagnosis, Susan is taking an extended medical leave to focus on Health and healing. Despite having accrued many sick days, she will be short about three weeks of leave. Any and all donations of leave are greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance!

Posted 10-29-20

Cindy "Chef" Hess from Culinary Arts, is going to having an extensive back surgery on Dec 9th if it’s not canceled because of Covid-19. She is a .5 teacher and doesn’t qualify for the family medical leave but apparently will qualify for a state leave but that only pays for eleven weeks. She would appreciate it if you could donate any hours you could spare to her leave and also reach out to any of your coworkers that could help. She appreciates anything you and the coworkers can do. From Cindy:  😊 Thank You! Cindy

Posted 10-19-20

Daisy Lukas, Admin Secretary At Montlake, has a medical condition that is serious and will require being out of work for an undetermined amount of time. Surgery is scheduled for later this month, so sick leave hours are very much needed for a good outcome without severe financial hardship. She is very grateful for any hours that can be given on her behalf.

Posted 9-21-20

Denise Austin, SAEOP At Montlake, has a serious medical condition that will require being out of work for an undetermined amount of time, so is in serious need of sick leave hours.. She appreciates any sick leave donations that can be donated on her behalf.

Posted 8-24-20

Jenny Gamache, SpEd teacher at TOPS K-8, was just diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer a few weeks ago, and her mother passed away around the same time she received her diagnosis. Jenny is in dire need of sick leave hours, since she used most of her own to caretake her mother, and time to deal with medical concerns related to one of her children.

Jenny is a long-time SPS Special Education Teacher, who has worked primarily at TOPS but has also worked at the Parent Partnership program and other schools over the years. She is a fixture in the inclusive community for students with disabilities in Seattle, having spent every summer except for this one working at the Seattle Playgarden inclusive summer camps (it was cancelled this summer because of COVID). 

She also generously donated leave to another SPS/TOPS K-8 staff member whose spouse died of cancer in 2013.  All of which is to say that Jenny doesn't have the most robust sick leave balance available, despite being a long time school employee. Any leave you are able to donate will be GREATLY appreciated.

Posted 7-6-20:

Kendall Wallace, a SAEOP with Seattle Schools: Office Specialist III / 260 Full-time employee currently on FMLA since mid-March, has unfortunately contracted Covid-19 and has used all her sick leave, vacation and personal leave since the diagnosis. The virus has triggered a cascade of other health issues, and her need is quite substatial at this point.
She would greatly appreciate any leave that can be donated to her and hopes you stay safe from this horrible virus and its effects.

Posted 2-18-20:

Chynna Jeremiah, School Psychologist at Graham HIll Elementary, is in need of sick leave due to pregnancy complications that have caused her take leave from work much sooner than expected, and will run out of leave sooner as well. Any hours you can donate will help greatly in relieving this extra burden that's been added.

Posted 2-2-20:

Jennie Berlin, 1st Grade teacher at Rainier View, is on partial medical leave due to a head trauma, and has a long re-entry period before full-time work can be achieved. She appreciates any sick leave donations you can give, since her leave is depleting quickly during this slow process. 

Posted 1-24-20:

Soladoye Oyelowo, Para at Middle College High School, is suffering from a mobility condition that is keeping her from working, and won't be allowed back at school until the doctors indicate she's well enough to do so. Because of this, she expects to drain her sick leave balance, and is hoping her colleagues might be able to help with some donated hours to lessen the burden. She thanks you in advance for any amount you could donate.

Posted 1/6/2020:

Joyce Murakami, Cert at Dunlap, suffered a stroke and brain aneurysm in mid November, and spent 3 weeks in the hospital. The recovery period is expected to be long and intense, as her ability to speak has been affected. Therapy is ongoing and slow progress is being made, but her sick leave will not cover the time needed. She GREATLY appreciates any and all sick leave hours you're willing and able to donate. 

Posted 11/04/19:

Beatrice Leonard, Para at Maple Elementary, went through a devastating loss at the end of the Summer - the accidental death of her son. The down-time needed for the physical, mental, and emotional responses to such a tragedy is extreme, and medical professionals are helping where they can, but her need for sick leave hours are far more than she has available.  Any hours that you can spare will be very appreciated.

Posted 10/28/19:

Jasmine Webber, Parapro at Roxhill, has been suffering from debilitating seisures on top of her Fibromyalgia condition, along with other autoimmune conditions. She's got medical procedures coming up in November and February, so is in dire need of sick leave hours to both deal with recovering from the ever-shifting medications prescribed and their side-effects, as well as the procedures to ease her pain, so she can get back to the classroom and her kids. She's very grateful for any hours you can spare that will help.

Posted 10/25/19:

Dan Trinh, Parapro at Rising Star Elementary (formerly Van Asselt) is undergoing treatment for a lung ailment that will require surgery and very strong medications to aid in recovery. An initial recovery requirement of at least 6 weeks off of work has been indicated by his pulminary physician.  He knows his sick leave won't be able to cover it, so is asking for and appreciates any help you can give with your leave donations.  

Posted 10/16/19:

Dianna Jolley, teacher at West Seattle High has been stricken with a sinus infection, as well as a bad case of shingles. The time off needed to recover has depleted most of her sick leave already, and she will be most grateful for any hours you'd be willing to donate.

Posted 9/27/19:

Patty Murray in Accounting at the JSCEE is looking for sick leave donations while she cares for her sister who is suffering from Stage 4 cancer (her sister was a Sub at SSD until her ilness kept her from continuing to work). Any help is greatly appreciated!

Ra'Keisha Sampson, Paraprofessional is asking for donated sick leave due to a
medical emergency that occurred just before school started, and the doctor has ordered her to not work for at least a month or until the prognosis allows her to return to work. From Ra'Keisha: "I ask any one of my fellow Seattle Public School Co-workers to please help me if you have the extra hours to give. I appreciate your love and kindness in advance."

Sheila Lambert, Para @ Interagency, is asking for sick leave donations due to a an longer-than-expected medical issue keeping her from work. She thanks you all in advance for helping in any way you can.

Posted 7/15/19:

Alexandra Appleman, Science Teacher at Meany Middle School had a baby in May but did not have enough sick leave to cover her entire maternity leave. The baby was premature and with the added week at the end of the school year there wasn't enough sick leave to cover all the extra time off.  She appreciates whatever you can donate to help!

Posted 6/25/19:

Vallerie Fisher, FSW at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary (also SEA Treasurer) had surgery recently and is in need of 9 days of sick leave hours to aid in her recovery while away from work. Any hours donated will help in that recovery, and Vallerie appreciates any and all help you can provide.
Posted 6/20/19:

Heidi Van Brost, SpEd IA at Pathfinder, shared the following to express why she is in need of Sick Leave donations: "Two months ago my eldest daughter, 16, an athlete and dog trainer, started experiencing intense knee pain. Her medical team searched for answers from several specialists and through many ongoing appointments. She's now in a wheelchair, and has been diagnosed with degenerative bone condition affecting both of her knees, along with tears in her meniscus. The doctors hope that the bones will begin to regrow with non-surgical therapies, which will continue all summer. I feel grateful to support my daughter full-time and relieved that I can be with her, but very torn being apart from my school community. My sick leave ran out in early June and I'm in need of 133 hours. I would greatly appreciate any help with donated hours to get us through. Thank you for your consideration. With gratitude, Heidi."

Posted 6/18/19:

Sydnee Matthews, a paraprofessional IA and SEA member from Rainier View Elementary is in need of donated sick leave. Sydnee has been on leave for medical complications and exhausted both her sick leave and FMLA benefits and is on unpaid status and currently without benefits. She just gave birth to premature twins and is seriously in need of help. If she receives enough donated leave, it may be possible to restore her benefits but the need is urgent. If you are able to help, please contact HR and complete a leave donation requtest to help Sydnee's family.

Posted 6/11/19:

Ms. Sophia Chen, Special Education Asst at Garfield High School, is in desperate need of Shared Leave donations due to a very serious family emergency.  Any and all help you can give is very appreciated.

Posted 6/4/19:

Amber Torrence, teacher at Van Asselt Elementary is out on leave as of today through the end of the year.  She is a new teacher and not FMLA qualified and she is out of paid time due to her leave for her medical issues earlier in the year.  Ms. Torrence has expressed that she cannot go unpaid, and very much appreciates any hours you can donate to help out.

Posted 5/29/19:

From Ellen Carelton, Special Ed teacher in the Bridges Transition Program for Medically/Fragile students: "I'm asking for sick leave hours to be donated to cover treatments for possible breast cancer, and related counseling sessions.  I would appreciate any help anyone can give me."

Posted 5/21/19:

Lori Forrest, 2nd Grade teacher and single parent at Green Lake Elementary, is in need of sick leave donations as she continues chemo treatment. Her sick leave has run out and she'd appreciate any sick leave hour donations to help her during this time. Lori says: "Thank you for helping in any way you can!"

Posted 5/9/19:

Matthew Hestad, 2nd Grade Teacher at Graham HIll is currently on medical leave, and diagnosed with a very rare type of brain cancer. This will cause him to out for the remainder of the year.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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.