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.
Kelly Dwoinen teaches Grade 3 math and Healthy Kids talents in the Key School. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences from Colorado State University, Kelly went on to receive her teaching certification from the University of Colorado. She has over 15 years of teaching experience in Colorado. Before moving to Asheville in the summer of 2014, she was a classroom teacher for grades 1, 2, 5, and 6. Kelly taught English as a Second Language, a private tutor for grades first through eighth, and most recently she worked for the University of Colorado Hospital as a health educator. As a classroom teacher in Fort Collins, Colorado, Kelly was a mentor for new teachers in the district for three years.
Get to know Kelly Dwoinen:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? "Working at CDS will allow me to have more time to connect with students and address their individual learning needs."
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “At CDS it is always about what is best for the child. It is such a positive and warm place to be!”
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? “There is such an emphasis on teaching the whole child at CDS. Students are encouraged to learn through exploring many interests and connecting new knowledge to what they already know.”
How would you describe your classroom? “I strive to make my classroom a safe place to take risks, and a place where students feel as if we are all on the journey to become lifelong learners together.”
What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? “How Your Child Is Smart by Dawna Markova was the first book I read about multisensory learning. It inspired me to see learning and teaching in a whole new light.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? “The best way to predict your future is to create it.” Abraham Lincoln
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “To teach is to learn.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “My family, exercise, reading, gardening, and traveling and adventure are all passions that bring balance into my life.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “I am passionate about what I do and where I put my energy. Striving to be present in each moment helps me to work towards being the best person I can be and live life to the fullest.”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? Why/how is what you see now valuable? “Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit in the 70’s and 80’s, I went to very good public schools. I felt supported and in good hands. Carolina Day is a very different setting than my experience due to its size and the strong connections that teachers make with students and their families. The community within this school is like nothing I have ever experienced.”