Regina Blount is a Grade 1 teaching assistant. She started her career at CDS as a substitute at Key School in 2017 and moved to the Lower School in 2018. A certified teacher with more than 15 years experience, she holds a BA in English from Western Carolina University and will receive her M. Ed. in Elementary Education from Mars Hill University in December 2019.
An Orton-Gillingham-trained educator, she has experience as a tutor in the Asheville area. She and her husband are the proud parents of three young adult college graduates.
How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less? "Encouraging, compassionate, passionate about education! I love music!"
What are some of your favorite quotes?
Dr. Maya Angelou: “Nothing will work unless you do.”
According to Dr. Seuss: “You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!”
Thomas Edison said: “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Another quote from Thomas Edison: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? "Family! I enjoy spending time with my family. Our schedule is generally very busy, so carving out family time brings the balance we need."
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? "One huge difference is the use of technology. Students are given opportunities to research using iPads—gone are the days of looking up information in a hard-copy of an encyclopedia.
At CDS, students are given a variety of strategies to solve problems."
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 celebrates that students learn differently, which gives the students the freedom to be courageous, curious and independent! Being given opportunities to be self-expressive and independent is very important in education."