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.
M.A., Antioch University
M.A., West Georgia College
Alison Perez is a language comprehensive teacher at the Key School and began working at Carolina Day School in 2001. Alison has worked in prisons, psychiatric facilities and studied dance for many years.
Get to know Alison Perez:
Which student (current or past) could we contact to get a quote about how you inspire your students and the impact you have on their lives? “Barry Campbell, Elizabeth Bleynaut”
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools? “The ability to be innovative and try a very hands-on approach to teaching is priceless.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS? “The friendship, support and camaraderie of other teachers is wonderful.”
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? “Simply by the encouragement and example of staff.”
How would you describe your classroom? “My classroom is busy - ant farm equipment, a worm farm under the spare table, small trowels, seed packets and occasionally a bottle of fish fertilizer finds it way into this space. This is on top of regular classroom supplies. I don’t want to forget what it looks like when I am in the midst of a cooking talents and all kinds of cooking gear fill the room: rolling pins, a wok, bowls, sugar container, etc.”
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less? “A fulfilling and quiet joy.”
Which classroom projects/events are you known for? “l think my love of gardening and the outdoors in general is well-known here. Very few of the students have been exposed to what it means to be a producer of food, not just a consumer. I think that when we all work together outside, the students feels a connection to the earth and understand better their role as stewards of the Earth.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life? “I really love to read, garden (flowers and vegetables) and take long walks.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work? “When you reflect on what you do in your classroom and what you see at CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school? Why/how is what you see now valuable? The kids are strongly encouraged to be involved in their education and to take ownership of it. Also, I see more collaboration here than I ever experienced as a child. Learning to appreciate another’s strength is important for the teacher.”