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.

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Sandy Boyd

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key School
Title(s) Key School Assistant Principal/ Dean of Students
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x365
Degree(s) B.S., Presbyterian College 1999
M.A., Appalachian State University 2005
Other Information
Sandy Boyd is the Key School Assistant Principal/Dean of Students. He started working at CDS in 2008 and worked for six years as a school counselor.
Get to know Sandy Boyd:
What do you like most about your job at CDS?
“I like lots of things about my job. I love the sense of community among the students, faculty and families. I like the top-notch faculty and staff who challenge me to be a better professional. I like all the sports and outdoor activities (especially soccer and Ski Club).”
What books and authors inspire you? I like Glasser and Wubboldings work with Choice Theory and Reality Therapy. I think their theories are very applicable to real life. Sidhartha and Catcher in the Rye are enduring favorites. I enjoy reading the New Yorker, Alpinist and newspapers like the Wall Street Journal.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? Education is not filling a bucket but lighting a fire.” - Yeats
What personal passion brings balance to your life? I live in West Asheville with my wife, son and daughter, and 14 year old dog, Anna. I’ve been a rock and ice climber for 15 years. I enjoy whitewater kayaking and surfing when time allows. I play competitive adult league soccer and have started playing guitar in a rock and roll band.”
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