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.
MAT, Quinnipiac University 2007
Mark Driscoll is a sixth grade math, seventh and eighth grade social studies, and sixth to eighth technology education in the Key School. He is also the head coach for cross-country and track and field. Mark began working at Carolina Day School in 2009 and holds a graphic design B.A. and was a NCAA D1 Athlete. He competed in the 2014 Boston Marathon and came in 116th overall out of 37,000 runners.Get to know Mark Driscoll:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “Two major ways that CDS differs from other schools are 1) how well we know our students as individuals and 2) the way we give our students the tools necessary to become independent learners. At Key Middle School, and CDS as a whole, I have the opportunity to work in very small groups. This allows me to really connect with my students and deeply understand their learning profiles. With this understanding, I am able to implement truly individual teaching strategies. Our students are also taught to become self-advocates who understand how they learn, and are active and engaged in the learning process.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I enjoy the community at Carolina Day School. The faculty and staff are highly skilled and excited about the work we do. The parents are supportive and act as partners in the education of their children. The students are interesting, eager to learn, and high achievers.”
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? “CDS fosters curiosity, self-discovery, and independence. We challenge students to explore, take risks, and reflect. We give students the opportunity to find their passions through academics, athletics, and the arts. These talents and passions are encouraged and celebrated.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is safe and supportive space where students can feel comfortable enough to take the risks necessary for growth. People passing by will often hear laughter and occasionally witness a dance party (you’ve gotta take brain breaks).”
What books and authors inspire you? “Marc Prensky’s Teaching Digital Natives has been influential in my approach to understanding my students’ needs and motivations, as well as helping them connect with the curriculum in a real way.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Everything you need is already inside.” - Bill Bowerman
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I am motivated to help others reach their goals.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “I have had success with guest speakers (in person or through Skype) who give my students unique and informed insight on specific topics. Recently, my 8th grade Global Studies class talked with a foreign policy journalist about the current conflict in Syria, and a U of Chicago PhD student about the Arab Spring. In my programming class, the students Skyped with a smartphone game developer about his introduction to programming and his work in game design.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “Running brings balance to my life. I enjoy putting in the daily training necessary to work toward goals (specific races, times, etc). This gives me a chunk of time every day to work hard, sweat, and spend some time in the woods.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I wear a lot of hats at CDS and enjoy the variety of my day. At the Key MS, I teach Math, US History, Global Studies, Technology and Physical Education. I am the vertical team leader for Technology at CDS and I am on the CDS Curriculum team. After school, I coach 6th - 12th graders on the Cross Country and Track & Field teams.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “In my experience in school as a child, it was easy for me to fall into cruise control and stay under the radar. At CDS, I know the strengths and weaknesses of all of my students, how to motivate them, and how to appropriately push them to reach their potential.”