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.
Amy Hathaway teaches Grade 4 Math and Science in the Key School. She has seventeen years teaching experience in elementary Montessori education. Amy holds a BFA in Art History as well as an elementary Montessori teaching certification. She recently completed coursework training for the Associate Level of Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Language and Multisensory Math. Amy came to the Key School as a substitute teacher in the spring of 2017 and is now very excited to have the opportunity to transition into a full-time teaching position there.
Some of Amy’s favorite pastimes are hiking in the mountains, walking her dogs, listening to live music, and appreciating Appalachian culture and art.
Get to know Amy Hathaway:
What do you like most about your job at CDS? "I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these amazing children on their journey through fourth grade. I am passionate about finding ways to help students enjoy learning. I love that CDS is supportive of creative and innovate ways of teaching, such as inquiry based learning, where students take an active and engaged role. The teachers and administrators at CDS are very passionate, supportive, and professional. It’s inspiring to work in such a positive environment where you feel that you are encouraged to keep growing and evolving as an educator.
I also love the fact that the CDS community values the idea of equity and inclusion. I feel this type of mindset when I am on campus—there is a vibe of peace, kindness, and courtesy throughout the faculty and student body."