There is something about connecting students with the supports they need that makes Carol Rainey’s choice of career so rewarding.
After many years of working as a Classroom Support Teacher, Rainey will be stepping into a new role at the start of the next school year, as Coordinator of Student Learning Services.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to support staff and students across Lakeland Catholic in a new capacity,” Rainey said in a press release. “There has been exceptional work in the area of inclusive education in our schools, and I am eager to continue to build upon the remarkable supports already in place for our students.”
She joined the school division in 1995 and became a Classroom Support Teacher at Assumption Jr/Sr High School three years later. She completed her Bachelor of Arts and Education at Lethbridge University. Rainey is passionate about Catholic education, and said it provides a faith-filled learning environment that fosters, “considerate, kind, and thoughtful human beings who care about their communities.”
Inclusive education has always held a soft spot in Rainey’s heart. How students learn, how various conditions can impact how someone learns, and how supports can assist them in understanding what they are learning are some of the characteristics of inclusive education that have always fascinated her.
“Inclusive education is about ensuring all students have access to the supports they need in order to succeed,” she said. “I have always been interested in understanding how students learn in various ways and finding methods to ensure they have access to the supports they require.”
Outside of the school setting, Rainey enjoys music, watching the Edmonton Oilers or Toronto Blue Jays, and spending time with her three grandchildren: Lucy, Sawyer, and Finley.