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Meredith MacKenzie

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key
Title(s) Key School Language & Reading Comprehension
Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x434
Degree(s) B.A., Swarthmore College 1993
Other Information
Meredith MacKenzie works in the Key School as a learning and reading comprehension teacher. Meredith began tutoring in 2005 and joined CDS fulltime in 2007. She is a certified Academic Language Practitioner through ALTA (Academic Language Therapy Association) and is certified with International Multisensory Structured Language Education Council at the Teaching Level. Meredith has a B.A. in Astrophysics from Swarthmore College. She is currently pursuing M.A.T. at Western Carolina in Special Education.
Get to know Meredith MacKenzie:
What do you like most about your job at CDS? I was impressed from the day I came to interview with the kindness and consideration that the students showed one another, as well as the quality of the faculty in the Upper School. These are people that I am happy to be around every day.”
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? In the Upper School, the faculty and students are incredibly supportive of student attempts to do new things. All effort is applauded, and the goal is improvement instead of perfection.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is a small space for small classes. We have no more than six students at a time, usually four or fewer, sometimes only one. This allows me to get to know my students very well and provides a lot of time for personal interaction and guidance. My students come to trust the safety of this space as a place where they can open up about the challenges they face in high school and know that we will work through difficulties together with discretion and tact to help them achieve their personal goals.”
What books and authors inspire you? Two excellent books are Mel Levine’s The Myth of Laziness and Dr. and Dr. Eide’s The Dyslexia Advantage. Much of my curriculum comes from materials produced with the Orton-Gillingham approach in mind and from training I received through the Key Learning Center. I have developed my own Multisensory Spanish curriculum for my Linguistics class to prepare 9th graders for taking Spanish I the following year.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning? "Laziness is not an innate trait. We are all born with a drive to produce...to be and to feel useful and effective... To feel fulfilled in life, it helps immeasurably if you can take pride in your work." From Mel Levine’s The Myth of Laziness.
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? To empower students to become their best academic selves.”
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