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Faculty Spotlight: Kate Walters
Posted 07/24/2015 11:34AM

Kate Walters is joining CDS in the Upper School as a learning specialist and teaches linguistics and study support for grades 9 and 10. Not only is she a new faculty member and Wildcat parent, she is also a 1999 graduate of CDS.

“I have a unique perspective as a new faculty member because I was also nurtured as a student on this campus 20 years ago. Carolina Day School is a strong and supportive community that encourages each member to reach their full academic and personal potential.”

he graduated with a B.A in Psychology after studying child development at both Hollins University and UNC-Asheville. After completing the Orton Gillingham Basic Training in 2007 at the Key Learning Center, Kate began teaching and tutoring study support and executive functions skills to local students and parents. She is a 1999 graduate of Carolina Day School and has maintained close ties with the school throughout the past 20 years. Her mother-in-law, Cathy Walters, has taught Pre-K at CDS since 1995. Kate’s two young children, Asher ‘24 and Zoe ’29 also attend CDS.

Get to know Kate Brown Walters:  

In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools?  “CDS enthusiastically supports its faculty and staff and encourages growth both in and outside of the classroom. When faculty are enriched, that excitement carries over into the classroom and engages students too. I’m grateful to be joining such an engaging and inquisitive community of learners and educators!”

What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? 
Two of my favorite books include Mindset by Carol Dweck and Brain Rules by Dr. John Medina. Mindset suggests that success is not wholly dependent upon innate strengths but that instead, abilities can be developed through dedication, hard work, and resilience.Brain Rules is a fascinating book that explains how every brain is wired uniquely and how and why we each learn differently. Much of my curriculum will include information obtained through the excellent trainings offered through the Key Learning Center here at Carolina Day and will incorporate the Orton Gillingham multisensory approach.”   

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” - Socrates

What personal passion brings balance to your life?
“My two creative outlets include music and lifestyle photography. It’s interesting to look back at my days as a student at CDS and observe how those passions developed during high school with the encouragement of several teachers - each of whom are now personal friends. I hope to help identify and nurture creative gifts in my own students at Carolina Day.”  

How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school?
“I have a unique perspective as a new faculty member because I was also nurtured as a student on this campus 20 years ago. I have been shaped by the small class sizes and individualized instruction by passionate and committed faculty. The Carolina Day School experience is valuable because it is a strong and supportive community that encourages each member to reach their full academic and personal potential.” 


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