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.
B.F.A. in Art, Converse College 2000
Get to know Anna Hall:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “At CDS, we are given more time to focus on or teach particular topics which lends itself to having more teachable moments. Many times I’m able to delve as deeply into a topic as the students want to go.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I enjoy teaching art. I’ve always enjoyed playing with art supplies, and now I can do it on a daily basis. I also like how creative my students are. Sometimes they guide the art projects with their curiosity.”
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? “As a school, we value the individual. Each child (and parent) is allowed to have a voice and it is heard and responded to. At the Key School, we spend a great deal of time supporting student’s talents. We are dedicated to helping each child find their passion and pursue it.”
How would you describe your classroom? “I like to think I have a classroom that supports many types of learning whether it be in my language classes or in art. I try to surround my students with various opportunities to learn and grow.”
What books and authors inspire you?
“People who inspire me are Diana King and Ron Yoshimoto.
Several artists that I’ve enjoyed learning about are Georgia O’Keefe, Degas, Van Gogh, Warhol, Andrew Wyeth.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” - Pablo Picasso”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “I strive to inspire my students to become independent and creatively solve artistic challenges.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “I just recently had my first child so expanding my family has become a passion. It is hard work but the rewards have surpassed all my expectations. I also enjoy spending time in nature whether it be on a walk or a hike in the woods.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I enjoy many parts of my job, but mostly I enjoy being with the students. They always make life fun and interesting.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? “My own education differs from that offered at CDS. At Carolina Day, we differentiate our teaching to address our student’s learning profiles. We also do a really good job of teaching our students to communicate whether it is in an essay or in an email. I wish I had had the same opportunity to learn to communicate early on.”