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.
Gloria Greene is an Upper School art and design teacher and also teaches in the Key Middle Schoo, and After-school. She has been working at Carolina Day School since 2001 and has one son in the Upper School and one who has graduated. Mrs. Greene has been educated in the visual arts, in New York City, since junior high school. She took art classes at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, graduated from Music and Art HS (Fiorella LaGuardia School of the Arts), and earned her BFA from Parsons School of Design. Mrs. Greene is also a professional jeweler who has worked for Hans Appenzeller on Madison Avenue in NYC.
Get to know Gloria Greene:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “I am able to share my personal stories of accomplishments and failures (and what I learned from them) with my US students. I am also able to share what my US students do with LS and MS students. Crossing divisions and inspiring future US students with what is possible.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “The people I work with and the ability to create my own curriculum are a couple of things that make CDS a great place to work.”
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 CDS community gives students the opportunity to try new things and find not one, but several solutions to a challenge.”
What books and authors inspire you? “Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell inspires me to teach my students to reach further than they think is possible. Creative Confidence by David & Tom Kelley reminds me that one of my goals as a teacher is to empower students with the belief that they are very capable of doing amazing things, even in areas they are not familiar with.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job? “Empowering students with the confidence to approach any challenge and unfold the possibilities.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known? “I have pioneered the concept of teaching Design Thinking to students at CDS. I gave presentations at the 2010 NCAIS conference: Industrial Design: The Thinking Side of Art and at the 2012 NCAIS conference: Designed Thinking: Crossing Divisions and Disciplines.”
Projects by students:
- Product Design: Lighting using fiber optic cables, Chair, CDS Auction Table, and a new CDS Locker made of ¼” fire retardant laminate by Wilsonart
- Photography: Piece-Together project (a photo montage similar to work by David Hockney’s photography work in the 1980s)
- Metals/jewelry: Sterling silver earrings for CDS auctions
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Beauty in nature and the simplicity of a design.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I am very passionate about teaching Design Education to all students because it empowers them to believe that they can make anything possible.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “At CDS, teachers are accessible and they care and support their students. As a child in the NYC public school system, teachers were not easy to approach and some students did not get the support they needed.”