I graduated from Colorado State University in 1998 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in History and Education. After teaching for a few years, I followed my degree up with a Master’s in Education in 2005.
I have been an Impala since the 1998-99 school year. After my first child was born, I decided to become a part-time teacher and teach only in the afternoons so I can be home with my children in the morning and get them off to school. My husband taught math at Poudre for 15 years and is currently a fourth year Dean of Students. We have three wonderful and energetic children. We have a daughter in seventh grade and two sons, one in fifth grade, one in third grade. They have practically been raised at Poudre and are very comfortable around the "big kids" in the hallways at school and at activities and sporting events. I coached track for 13 years at Poudre, but even though running is my passion, I had to give it up in order to raise my children. I have also been involved with the Speech and Debate team on and off throughout my career. I love being part of such a diverse school. I truly love my job and Poudre High School. The Holley family bleeds blue and silver! My mission is to help my students understand that they are empowered through education to make good choices that positively affect their lives. I want to encourage my students to take the challenge of being in control of their own education, to live their lives striving to reach self-set high expectations and goals, both personally and educationally. I want my students to become better prepared to enter a challenging world as productive members of society with knowledge and confidence. I believe that learning is an organic process, interactive. My students and I will learn together.
"You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough."
This year, I teach the junior level United States Literature class as well as the junior level Advanced Placement Composition and Language and the senior level Advanced Placement Composition and Literature. In the past, I have also taught Honors United States Literature, World Literature, Basic Speech, Basic Composition, 20th Century United States Literature, Journalism, and Freshman Seminar.