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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Mary Holmes

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key School
Title(s) Key School 2nd Grade Teacher
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x338
Degree(s) BA, Georgia College & State University 1992
MEd, UGA 1994
Other Information

Mary Holmes is a second grade language comprehensive teacher in the Key School. She has been working at Carolina Day School since January 2013 and has a daughter in the Middle School. Mary's association with the Key School began July 2008 when she participated in the Key Learning Center’s Basic Multisensory Orton-Gillingham training. “This training forever changed my professional teaching life. I learned how to meet the needs of struggling readers in a prescriptive, sequential, diagnostic way. Being able to help students with dyslexia in a professional, collegial, nurturing, challenging environment is a blessing. I had not experienced the incredible level of caring collegiality at any other school before coming to Carolina Day School. The faculty and staff here support and celebrate each other while challenging each other to be better educators. I am constantly encouraged to grow and expand my knowledge and teaching skills.

Get to know Mary Holmes:

“As a teacher and a parent here at CDS I am excited by the learning environment provided for students. “Out of the box” thinking is not only accepted, but also encouraged. Students are not told there is one right or wrong answer to a question. They are invited to think, explore, experiment, and delve deep into questions across the curriculum. CDS encourages students to be thinkers and problem solvers, not memorizers of facts. Small class sizes, advisory groups, and a caring faculty allow students to receive the care, attention, and great instruction that they need to be successful.”

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