Key School Staff
A Dedicated Team of Professionals
From researching physics in a nuclear laboratory, teaching English in Malaysia, developing a math dictionary, working in children's publishing, reporting on television, being foster parents, to running the Boston marathon in record time, our faculty brings a variety of valuable experiences and insights to Key School.
With a commitment to professional development, our highly trained teachers use a unified, intentional, cohesive approach. Dedicated and caring, Key's teachers are committed to helping children become successful students.
Every teacher at Key School is Orton-Gillingham-trained. Each language teacher has completed a rigorous, supervised clinical teaching experience to ensure a high level of compentancy with multisensory structured language instructional principles. Math teachers are trained in the multisensory math principles and approach. Both language and math teachers use a five-step Orton-Gillingham-based lesson plan which includes visual, auditory, and kinesthetic teaching and ample review and reinforcement in a teaching-for-mastery environment.
Key School provides its own teacher training to all faculty, under the supervision of a Fellow of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (AOGPE). Key uses the curriculum standards of AOGPE and is accredited by the International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC). Teachers are in the mindset of continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Two-thirds of the faculty have passed a national certifying examination and are credentialed at the Certified Academic Language Practitioner level or the Certified Academic Language Therapist level.
Sara Quesinberry, or Mrs. Q., as the children call her, is a Key 5th grade Language Comprehensive and Key Lower School PE teacher and has been working at Carolina Day School since 2009. Sara has taught in a full inclusion public school for five years, and coached her children in multiple sports as they’ve grown up.Get to know Sara Quesinberry:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “One unique aspect of the Key School at CDS is the extremely low ratio of students:teachers. This allows me to know each of my students as the unique individuals that they are and affords me the opportunity to tailor lessons to their individual strengths and needs.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I love the fact that I actually get to connect with students and their families. I build relationships because it’s such a small, connected campus. I also work with them most amazing and inspiring coworkers!”
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? “I believe the faculty at CDS are outstanding educators who have the ability to inspire, lead, and learn alongside their students rather than simply requiring rote memorization. There are so many opportunities for students to lead their own learning because of the flexibility and vast interests of the faculty.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a place where students feel safe and happy. It is not a class where we sit in rows, listen, and take notes. Instead it is a cooperative learning environment where discussions and democracy rule.”
What books and authors inspire you? “SPARK because it validates the benefits of movement in education.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” - Albert Einstein
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “Live, laugh, love and have fun while you learn.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “Every year my kids work on their procedural writing by writing extremely specific directions on how to make a pizza. Then I follow their instructions to the letter and create their own personal pizza that they then get to eat. They have to include all 5 senses in their descriptions as well. The kids ask about it every year.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “When life is overwhelming, I run. I love the phrase, “Find yourself...go run.” It allows me to gain perspective by stepping away from things for a few moments.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I love teaching PE in the afternoons each day because I get to see and interact with my students in a different environment.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “This campus provides so many opportunities for students to be unique and learn what they love. I like the open-ended nature of the educational guiding rather than having a curriculum, set questions and answers. The guided learning allows children to really learn and relate to their learning.”