The GSE selected retired Clackamas ESD Administrator Janet Dougherty-Smith for special recognition at the annual State of the School event. Ms. Dougherty-Smith is a PSU Special Education Master’s graduate who developed a valued partnership between the Clackamas ESD’s programs and PSU. Since the initialization of the Early Intervention/Special Education program, she has referred more that 25 of her educational assistants to our program. In addition, the Clackamas ESD has employed more than 90 percent of those individuals as early interventionists/early childhood special educators. Those individuals continue their association with us as cooperating teachers, supervisors, and adjunct instructors.
In 1985, Ms. Dougherty-Smith became the coordinator of Special Education and Early Childhood Special Education at the Clackamas ESD. In 1997, when these two programs became very large, she became the Director of the Early Childhood Department which included the Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and Oregon Head Start Prekindergarten Programs. In more recent years, she added the Childcare Resource and Referral program and the Children’s Insurance Program to the Early Childhood Departments.
Ms. Dougherty-Smith modeled her values to her staff so they could model those to young children with special needs and their families. Those values include:
- Children should attend the regular preschool in their neighborhood regardless of the child’s ability level or the family’s income level
- All children should have access to good childcare and health insurance
- Everyone in the early childhood community should work for the good of ALL children
- All of the Clackamas ESD Early Childhood programs should see each other as one program
She is a valued colleague and we wish her all the best in her well-deserved retirement.