Degrees and Certifications:
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year at Punta Gorda Middle School. My name is Holly Gaines and I am excited to be your ELA teacher! This is my 13th year of teaching. I have my A.A. from Manatee Community College in Early Childhood Education. I have my B.S. degree from The University of South Florida in Elementary Education. I just graduated at the beginning of August with my Masters in Library Science at The University of South Florida. I also have my ESOL and Gifted endorsements. I am an Ohio transplant and moved to Venice, Florida in 1998. I am a proud Punta Gorda resident. My husband is a firefighter for Sarasota County. I have 2 daughters named Emma and Hannah and they attend Sallie Jones Elementary. I also have a year old English Golden Retriever named Ruthie. I am looking forward to SOARING into this next school year with the 6th grade Eagles. Please contact me anytime as we are partners in your child’s education. I know that this school year looks very different but we are all in this together.