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.
Cindy Scruggs handles Middle School study support and has been working at Carolina Day School since 1998. Cindy's daughter was a student at CDS for four years and her son for eight years. Before joining the Carolina Day team, she taught students with learning differences in public school. Cindy received the Betty Lou Davis Award.
Get to know Cindy Scruggs:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “The small group setting allows me to know my students well and assess and address their academic needs individually.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “The creative, determined students inspire me and the positive, professional environment is invigorating. I appreciate the partnership with parents.”
How would you describe your classroom? “A positive, motivating place to learn.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? "No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure." - Emma Goldman, author
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “My view of life: Each day is a gift.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “The Key 8th Grade theme is Coming-of-Age which is reflected in our classroom novels and activities; the year culminates in special outdoor Rite of Passage experience.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Spending time with my family, flower gardening, yoga, hiking, and reading for pleasure bring balance to my life.”