Everyone has a story to tell, and that includes members of our wonderful CDS community—alumni, teachers, staff, students and family members. To preserve and share these stories, we've launched an initiative to collect audio recordings with our portable "Wildcat Tales" sound booth. Enjoy these recordings shared by members of the CDS community about their Carolina Day School experience.
"For some reason I've been able to conquer it, and I can read at above average levels."
William Gay ’22 describes how he conquered his reading challenges at the Key School.
"That's when I realized that I can do things everyone can do. I'm going to do them differently, but often times I'm going to end up doing them significantly better then they did, because I'm going to think in ways they can't."
Zac Buys ’15 says that before Key School, he thought that, because of his dyslexia, everyone was better than he was. But he soon realized that the shapes that were supposed to be words had meaning, and that he could not only do things that others could, he could do things in ways that others could not.
"It's truly incredible to be here. The Key School has completely changed my perception of reading, writing, and math."
Sam Calloway ’22 shares her learning journey and describes how the Key School changed her perception of reading, writing, and math.
"It was a great experience to see how I could do something so advanced."
Nick Schussler ’22 shares his experience with math in the Key School and his hopes for the future.
"It let me challenge myself, push my limits, and make a lot of new friends—and learn more about people in my grade as well as people outside of my grade."
Ashlyn Browne ’21 talks about her best memory of Key School, the overnight at the beginning of her year in eighth grade.
“You’re taking a child who feels like a failure, or feels like they can’t learn, and helping them unlock the doors of success.”
Barbara Groh says, "I've been a teacher all my life." She explains why working with dyslexic children at the Key School has been especially rewarding.
"If I had to give any advice for the students, it would be just stick to it—don't give up. The teachers, faculty, staff and administration really do know what they're doing. They really do know you better than you think they do, and they're really just here for you!"
Margaret Sinnott has been teaching at Carolina Day since 2012 and attended Asheville Country Day School from Pre-K through eighth grade. She recalls her favorite teachers and how she gains inspiration from them and other great teachers.
“When he finished, he collapsed onto the floor and said, ‘I did it!’”
Sue Ellen Sims is an English teacher and department chair in the Upper School. Her two children are CDS graduates. When she thinks about her experiences at Carolina Day School, some of the most powerful ones have to do with the times she worked in theater and the people she worked with in theater.
"We've grown—my classes have grown—but, you know, the students pretty much stay the same. They are wonderful, energetic, push-the-boundaries, loving, generous, fun, funny teenagers."Bill Wolfe has taught science in the Upper School at Carolina Day since 1991. He talks about his experiences with Carolina Day, both as a parent and as a teacher.
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