Meet the Admission Team

Our Admission Team is comprised of alumni, parents of students, and professionals who share a love for Carolina Day School. We appreciate being part of the Carolina Day School community and see ourselves as lifelong learners. We look forward to learning more about your child and your aspirations for your student's education.

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Jennifer Middlemas

Faculty Information
Location(s) Admissions Office, Key
Title(s) Key School-Director of Admissions
Contact Information
School Email
  (Primary)
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x335
Education
Degree(s) B.S., Appalachian State University
Other Information
1999 
 
Jennifer Middlemas is the Key School Director of Admissions and has been working at Carolina Day School since 1999. Jennifer’s children were CDS students from Pre-K through eighth grade. “I came to CDS with an excitement and desire to be the best teacher I could be due to amazing experiences with other teachers. I was fortunate to have several master teachers early in my career, and they made a huge impact on me,” said Jennifer.
 
Get to know Jennifer Middlemas:
 
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “I came to CDS with a background in public school. In the public school world, I felt very restricted in what and how I could teach.  When I came to CDS, I was happy to experience an institution where the children and their needs mattered most.  We are school based on research and heart.” 
 
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “There are many things I like about my job, but the community of CDS is the most important thing to me. When I say community I am referring to my colleagues, the students, and the parents.  We care deeply for one another. The support I see offered to a member in crisis is astounding. I am proud and humbled to be a member of the CDS family.”
 
In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions? “The environment in my classroom and the school is one of safety. The students feel safe to explore new things and ideas because of the community support. They feel comfortable taking risks because they have watched others fail then pick themselves up and try again. Also, the safety net they feel encourages them to take risks and try new things.”
 
How would you describe your classroom?I set my classroom up to be a cozy, welcoming environment which is neat and organized. I want my students to learn to organize their space and make the classroom their home away from home. Safety at school is my number one goal. I make sure my room is a place where we are all treated with respect.”
 
What books and authors inspire you? “I do not have a single author who inspires me. Each story, article, or textbook I read informs and inspires my work in the classroom.”  
 
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Oscar Wilde...You can never be overdressed or overeducated.  Just kidding!  Learning is not a spectator sport.  So let’s PLAY!”
 
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “Imagine it... then dare to achieve it!”
 
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “I think I am known for the guide dog puppies I raise in my classroom.  It has helped the students realize it is important to work hard for a cause in which they believe. I am also known to be a teacher that enjoys my role of working with partnership with parents to achieve all of our goals.”
 
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “I have a passion for animals and their well being. The desire to advocate for their well being has changed how I interact with the natural world.”
 
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I enjoy coming to work each day!  The relationships I have with my colleagues, students, and parents are very important to me.”  
 
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “When I was in school, it was a place to go each day with a series of assignments to be completed. I felt no investment in what I was learning, and I did not internalize the information as much I should have. At CDS, I feel students are deeply invested in their education. Their curiosity helps them to internalize the experiences they encounter each day! I also think school is so much more fun and engaging now! We rock!”
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