Lisa Holmes

    Student Mentor

    I was born in Indiana, grew up in Ohio, and went to school at Northwestern University, where I received a B.A. in English and American literature, and later, Colorado State University, where I received my license to teach. I have been married for 23 years and have a 13-year-old daughter.

    My first teaching job was in Basalt, Colorado, where I taught language arts and social studies. After that, I moved to Boulder and started my career at BVSD as a teacher within the district’s intervention program, and then moved to Centaurus High School, where I taught language arts and ran the school’s credit recovery program. I left Centaurus to teach online and be a stay-at-home mom, and I have been involved in online education for the last 14 years, first as a teacher, and now as a mentor. I’m happy to be back with BVSD, especially in the capacity of mentor, a position I feel allows me to connect with students in a way that adds a personal element to what can otherwise be a lonely endeavor for them.

    Other than that…My favorite band, after many years of new music and a lot of concerts, is still Led Zeppelin. I play piano and guitar and have just dusted off my high school clarinet with the hope that I can remember how to play it. I sing with the radio and with my daughter, even though I’m not so good at carrying a tune. I live in Boulder. I like to run and bike, and have a marathon and a few Ride the Rockies trips to my credit. I grow food and raise chickens in my back yard. I’m afraid to fly. I love to read and write and hula hoop and bake sweet things. I love thunderstorms, and rain in general, though I couldn’t live without the Colorado sun and sky I’ve grown so accustomed to.

    I believe I have no authority or wisdom with which to judge anyone, but unfortunately, I do it anyway. I believe in family and the importance of cross-generational bonds. I believe in clean air and water and undammed rivers and that all problems can be solved without violence.

    I believe that people are inherently good and I look for that goodness in every student from whom I’m lucky enough to learn.​