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.
Meredith Daniels is the admission associate and has been at Carolina Day School since 2011. Her husband, Sam Daniels was class of 2001, and he attended CDS Pre-K through 12th grade. Sam’s mother, Meredith's mother-in-law, is the Upper School principal. Prior to her current position at CDS, Meredith worked as an administrative assistant in the Key School and was an event planner at a cheerleading and dance competition company. ”You can’t create a noisier environment than a cheerleading competition. The high stress environment of running an event on time and dealing with coaches, parents, athletes, and judges was a great experience that taught me a lot about people skills.” In her spare time, Mrs. Daniels is a photographer: www.meredithdanielsblog.com.Get to know Meredith Daniels:
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I enjoy my daily interactions with the parents, students, and teachers. Being away from the classroom gives me a different perspective, and it’s fun to get to know families on a personal level.”
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? “I feel that CDS offers a nurturing and encouraging school environment where students feel safe to explore and learn new things.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “...We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move...You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children. - Pablo Casals”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I love helping people.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Photography”