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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Kate Watts

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key School
Title(s) Grades 4 & 5 Team/Multisensory Math
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x458
Other Information

Kate Watts is certainly no stranger to Key! In addition to being a well-trained O-G teacher, she has done four maternity leave interims at the Key School and subbed for us for eight years. She has taught in every classroom at the Key School and is very familiar with all levels of our program. In addition to her years of experience with Key, she has a very strong math and science background and taught both of these subjects for many years in England. Kate is part of the 4th and 5th grade teams. She teaches 4th and 5th grade Multisensory Math.

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