University of Calgary

Kimberley Holmes

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Dr. Holmes has been a public and private school teacher at various levels and subject areas since convocation with a Bachelor of Education in 1990.  In 2000, she completed her MA (Honors) in Organizational Learning and Leadership at Royal Roads University and in 2015 her PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the University of Calgary. From 1997 to the present, Dr. Holmes served as an English educator, Curriculum Leader and Alberta Initiative for School Improvement Learning Leader with the Calgary Board of Education.  From 1991-1997 she worked in private education at Rundle College teaching English and Drama.  In 2020, Dr. Holmes joined the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary as an adjunct assistant professor.

Research Areas & Interests

Educational Neuroscience

Mindfulness and Wellness


Critical Pedagogy

Learner Diversity

Teacher Professional Development

Poetic and Narrative Inquiry/Life Writing

Research and Scholarly Activity

Dr. Holmes is interested in educational neuroscience, specifically the link between mindful pedagogical practice and neurocognitive development.  Of specific interest is the nexus between mindfulness and literacy development.   She is also interested in neurodiversity and the implications for effective teaching and learning with regard to learner profiles and curriculum design.  She developed a model for teacher education exploring the interconnections between mindfulness, neuroscience, story work and system direction while writing her doctoral thesis.  She was the recipient of the CATE award (2015) for her dissertation’s contribution to teacher education.


Canadian Association of Teacher Education dissertation award/CSSE - 2016

Three-minute thesis gold and people choice award- University of Calgary – 2015

Werklund School of Education Graduate travel award- University of Calgary - 2015

Student union excellence in teaching finalist –University of Calgary - 2014/2015

Professional Improvement Fellowship – Calgary Board of Education - 2014 – 2015

Annette LeGrange Doctoral Scholarship –University of Calgary - 2012 – 2013

Graduate Travel Award –University of Calgary - 2013

Doctoral Entrance Scholarship – Graduate programs in education - 2011

Alberta excellence in teaching award finalist- Alberta Education - 1999

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education - 1989 – 1990





Holmes, K & Leggo, C (2019) The Spaces in Between – A Poetic duo-ethnographic exploration of livinwell in curriculum studies, learning and life. New York, NY.  DIO Press Inc. (publication date Spring, 2020)

Holmes, K & Leggo, C. (2019) Places of the Heart.  In E. Lynn (Ed) Identity Landscapes: Contemplating Place and the Construction of Self. Yorkville University

Holmes, K (2019) Neuroscience, Mindfulness and Holistic Wellness- Reflections on Interconnectivity in Teaching and Learning. Interchange: A quarterly review in Education.

Holmes K. & Sealock, K. (2019) Storytelling as a portal to deeper wisdom in the curriculum studies of Education and Nursing.  Emerald Qualitative Research Journal.

Holmes, K. (2017) Mindfulness as a practice of professional Life.  A reflective learning journey with second year teachers. Journal of Educational Thought.

Lund, D.L., with Grain K., Hanson A., Holmes, K., Scott, D., & Sitter, K (2016) Exploring duo ethnography in graduate research courses.  In J. Norris & R.D Sawyer (Eds.), Theorizing curriculum studies, teacher education and research through duoethnographic pedagogy. New Your, NY: Palgrave MacMillan  

Holmes, K. (2016) The Game of Life- The Process of Becoming fully Human. A Mindful journey of to the deeper understanding of self, of text and of our interconnected world. Galileo Educational Network.

Holmes, K. (2015).  Poetic Auto-ethnographical reflections on the role of mindfulness in curriculum and learning.  Creative Approaches to Research. 8(3) http//

Holmes, K. & Bearance, D. (2015). Ontology through a mindful process. Interchange: A quarterly review Education. 46(2), 143-152.

Holmes, K. (2015). An auto ethnographical reflection on teaching and learning in the Undergraduate Education program. Creative Approaches to Research 8(2).

Holmes, K. (2014). Becoming the Teacher: An auto-ethnographical reflection in poetry and prose. Journal of Educational Thought.  47(3).  170-188.

Holmes, K. (2014). Synthesis: A poetic exploration of the integral model investigating the interconnected strands of our educational landscapes.  Special Issue: [Practices of Poetic Inquiry] in education, 20(2), 121-134.

Holmes, K (2014). Learning to Breathe, Breathing to Learn: What is the role of mindfulness in curriculum and learning? Galileo Educational Network.


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