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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Erich Buehler

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key
Title(s) Key School Grade 7 Math/Science
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Degree(s) Bachelors of Science, Biology, UNC Chapel Hill
MD, UNC Chapel Hill
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Erich Buehler teaches grade 7 Math and Life Science at the Key School and joined the Carolina Day School team in 2016. Before coming on full-time, Erich was previously seen around CDS for several years as a tutor in the Upper School and as a substitute teacher in the Upper School and Key School. Erich has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and an MD from UNC-Chapel Hill. In his (diminishing) free time, he plays the lever harp and gains skills working on his fixer-upper of a home.


Get to know Erich Buehler:


 What do you like most about your job at CDS?

“I like most the sense of community and being supported and encouraged by it, both in learning and in teaching.”


How would you describe your classroom?

“My classroom is a place where students can feel safe learning without always feeling the pressure to be “right”. Questioning, developing understanding, and the process of working towards the answers are more important.”


What is your favorite quote about education?

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself” - John Dewey

 “He that loves reading has everything within his reach” - William Godwin


How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?

“Constantly learning and taking joy in passing it on.”


What personal passion brings balance to your life?

 Celtic harp”

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