an obituary to my career.

Teacher.  Curriculum Consultant.  Curriculum Coordinator.

On Tuesday, January 9th, 2019 Lainie Beth Holmes finally hit submit on her resignation e-form.  The date of Tuesday, January 15th, 2019 was chosen as her last day. To some, the decision felt like a surprise. To Lainie, it was 10 years in the making.  

This is where it all started…

In 2002, Lainie Johnson proudly received her Bachelor of Arts degree and Bachelor of Education degree from Brock University.  She was a graduate of the concurrent education program and the first member of her family to graduate with a post-secondary degree.  

After graduation, Lainie was a supply teacher for a few months before accepting an LTO position at Plymouth Public School in the District School Board of Niagara.  She was the school librarian and art teacher; she also did prep coverage for kindergarten phys-ed and grade 5 drama. She was 21 years old

It was a busy year.  She taught during the day and did her Masters of Education degree in the evenings – driving to St. Catharines for night classes.

When her LTO position ended, she secured her first contract position at Gordon Public School with a grade 6/7 class.  She taught at Gordon P.S. for two years before she transferred to York Region District School Board.

In York Region, Lainie taught grade 8 at Reesor Park Public School.  After teaching at Reesor for five years, she accepted a position within the school board’s curriculum department as a mathematics consultant.

During her four years in the curriculum department, Lainie moved into three different roles.  She began as a mathematics consultant, then became an instructional design consultant with the Learning Design and Development team, and in her final position, was the Curriculum Coordinator of Digital Literacy.  

After the birth of her first child, Lainie went on maternity leave from the coordinator role and never returned (with the exception of a two week stint in December 2015).  She then walked out of the building and said out loud, goodbye.

Lainie leaves behind an amazing group of colleagues in the profession, many of whom she calls her friends. She describes them as caring, intelligent, and hardworking. They inspire her to keep learning and to stay curious. She’s so thankful to have met them.

In lieu of flowers or donations, Lainie is accepting emails and notes of encouragement. They can be sent to

For the story behind this very sterile and resume-like obituary, watch for Lainie’s Career Story (coming soon).  There’s a lot more to it.

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