Karen Edwards is a fourth grade language comprehensive and core science teacher at the Key School and began working at Carolina Day School in 2003. Her daughter, Katie Edwards, is a CDS alumnus who was also a student at the Key School for several years. Prior to entering the teaching profession, Karen worked for 15 years as a registered nurse, and was certified as a neurological rehabilitation nurse. She worked in two inpatient rehabilitation hospitals and cared for patients of all ages with head injuries, spinal cord injuries, and strokes. “I was particularly inspired by the children I cared for who often overcame very serious injuries with such resilience,” said Karen.
Get to know Karen Edwards:
What professional recognition have you received?
“I currently hold the following specialized certification:
- (2008) Academic Language Therapy Association (ALTA) Associate / Academic Language Practitioner – Teacher Level
- (2007) The International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council (IMSLEC) Multisensory Structured Language Training Certificate at the Teaching Level
I have completed the following specialized training:
- Completed 80 hours of training at the Basic Level Orton-Gillingham Training (2002)
- Completed 85 hours of training at the Advanced Level Orton-Gillingham Training (2004)
For the past six summers, I have served as a language coach in The Key Learning Center’s Associate Level and Certified Levels of the Orton-Gillingham Multisensory Structured Language Education Coursework.”
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “At The Key School I am able to provide each student with individualized instruction based upon their unique learning profile. Our multisensory approach helps all students to succeed.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I love the students that I work with --they are intelligent and very creative. I also love the feeling of working in a school where my peers work well together and support each other.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is an environment where students feel supported and it is a safe place to make mistakes, ask questions, and try out new skills.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I like to think of myself as a facilitator--I provide students with tools and strategies that enable them to become independent learners.”