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Born in Munich Germany while her dad was enlisted in the Army and her mom taught English as a second language to Germans, Mrs. Holmes grew up around education and teachers.  She believes that her unique upbringing of having a father who was a utility foreman and a mother who was a teacher gives her special insight to teaching her students.  She attended Meridian High School and loved FFA.  After graduating from the University of Idaho with degrees in Animal Science Agribusiness and Agricultural Education, Mrs. Holmes came to Council and worked for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service for several years.  She met her husband, Joseph Holmes, in 1988; they married in 1989. Together they have two children, RJ and Lily.  She started teaching in Council in 1992.  She has taught, at one time or another, all grades except kindergarten.  Mainly, her duties have included being a first grade and a fifth and sixth grade combination long term substitute, a fourth and fifth grade combination teacher for language arts and social studies and then just fifth grade language arts and social studies.  She has also or is teaching floral design, forestry, range land, welding, greenhouse management, plant science, animal science, biology, life science, Earth science, seventh grade English and elementary agriculture science.  She is certified in agriculture and natural sciences for grades 6-12 and holds an elementary endorsement for grades K-8 and is certified in high school natural sciences as well.  She loves the variety teaching provides and tries to make learning authentic for her students by providing them with projects and work in the greenhouse, orchard, classroom and community.