As a resource teacher at Fredericton’s Leo Hayes High School, Lorie Holland has proven herself as instrumental in supporting her students to reach their full potential, and that she truly cares about her students’ lives. Families of her students have noticed her dedication and purposeful support and have commented positively on it over the years.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, Lorie has been put to the test – and not surprisingly she has risen to the occasion. In a school year marked by uncertainty, Lorie has supported her students to navigate the disruptions as smoothly as possible.
Amid physical distancing restrictions, capacity limits, and reduced in-person class time, Lorie worked tirelessly to ensure that all students, especially those with disabilities, continued to have access to supports, services, and opportunities. Even during heightened restrictions in the Orange and Red phases, and the complications that come with moving learning online, Lorie helped ensure her students were able to access programs without interruption.
Lorie has been a strong advocate and supporter of the Transition to Work program for students with an intellectual disability. Lorie’s commitment to her students and investment in their success has helped many students find their place in the working world after graduation – even despite the barriers the past year has brought.