Audio Stories

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. 

William Gay ’22

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Students on Monday August 6, 2018
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Zac Buys ’15

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Alumni on Saturday February 24, 2018
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Sam Calloway '22

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Students on Saturday February 24, 2018
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Nick Schussler '22

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Students on Saturday February 24, 2018
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Ashlyn Browne ’21

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Students on Saturday February 24, 2018
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Barbara Groh

“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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Faculty & Staff on Saturday February 24, 2018
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Margaret Sinnott

"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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Faculty & Staff, Alumni on Sunday December 17, 2017
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Sue Ellen Sims

“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.

Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Faculty & Staff on Thursday December 14, 2017
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Bill Wolfe

"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.
Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Faculty & Staff on Tuesday December 12, 2017
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Jackie Gouge Celebration Of Life

For fifty years, Jackie was the ACDS and CDS northern star, keeping us on course, reminding us through her actions that we are here to love and serve students and one another. Jackie passed away on September 26, 2017, and on October 14 the school community gathered on campus to celebrate Jackie and her contributions—here is an audio recording of that celebration.
Posted by Sarah Goldstein in Faculty & Staff on Monday October 16, 2017
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