GwenCarol Holmes is passionate about ensuring all children are educated to the highest level so that they have endless choices as adults for contributing to their community and the world. She has been enthralled with learning and teaching all of her life. She started teaching her dolls as a young student herself, worked as a teacher’s assistant in a preschool as a teenager and majored in elementary education while attending Kansas State University on an academic scholarship. In Kansas she taught multiple grade levels and served as an elementary school principal, including at a school put into reconstitution by the local school board.
She coached and supervised the work of elementary, middle, and high school leadership in Philadelphia. She served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Success for All Foundation and assistant professor at Johns Hopkins School of Education overseeing research for the Center for Research and Reform in Education and facilitating the use of a continuous improvement model with school districts across the country. She is currently the Chief Academic Officer for Alexandria City Schools in Virginia overseeing learning, teaching, and instructional leadership in the district’s 19 schools. She has worked tirelessly alongside district staff to improve outcomes for all students, especially the district’s English Language Learners and students with disabilities.
Throughout her career, GwenCarol Holmes has continued her own education as well. Earning a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, a Master’s degree in educational administration, and a doctorate of education in educational administration.
When not working on learning and teaching, GwenCarol loves to read, hike, and do home improvement projects. She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have two grown children.
Statement on Connection to Blaine County
In addition, to being passionate about excellent education for all students, GwenCarol is passionate about Blaine County. Her father and uncle first brought her and the rest of the family to Blaine County for a backpacking trip when she was a teenager. She fell in love with the place, the friendly people and the incredible mountains, and has been coming back ever since bringing her own family and friends to share with them the place she loves.
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