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.
Debra Rosenblum handles Middle School study support and is a Language Comprehsive teacher at Key Middle School;she has been working with Carolina Day School since 2012. Debra is a National Board Certified Teacher, Library Media K-12; past Children’s Librarian in the NC Public School System and in the Public Library system.Get to know Debra Rosenblum:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “At CDS, inquiry and questioning are very important; I can engage my students by encouraging them to broaden their thinking by asking good questions and by encouraging them to use divergent thinking to solve problems. Here at CDS, divergent thinking is encouraged and championed; my students benefit from imagining the possibilities and applying those potential solutions to problem solving.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “I enjoy the sense of community apparent between the different divisions and their students, the sense of community between staff members from different divisions and the sense of community between the families, students and staff members. CDS encourages and fosters an environment that enables nurturing and growth across the ages.”
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? “At the middle school, teachers create learning environments that encourage students to step outside their comfort zones; indeed, teachers model this behavior for our students by stepping outside of our own comfort zones and by sharing with our students our experiences of failure, reflection and success.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a learning community where all community members learn from each other (teacher included!), support each other and create new information and ways of thinking and solving problems.”
What books and authors inspire you? “Daniel Pink’s A Whole New Mind reminds me that this century belongs to persons who can empathize and create meaning; many jobs of the future do not yet exist today and students who can empathize and create new ways of moving in the world will be well prepared for their adulthood. I follow the “Copy/Paste” blog by Peter Pappas whose blog subtitle reads “Dedicated to relinquishing responsibility for learning to the students.” Pappas’s blog invites teachers and administrators to craft learning opportunities for teachers and students that are relevant and rigorous and that encourage learners to stretch outside their comfort zones.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “Goethe’s “Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”