Logan Killen is a fifth grade teacher at Carolina Day School. 2016-2017 will be his first year working at CDS, though he has spent the past ten years teaching fourth or fifth grade. His wife is an alumnus of Carolina Day School, and his oldest child will be entering kindergarten this fall to complete his second year at CDS. Logan completed his undergraduate degree at UNC Chapel Hill before completing his Master’s in Elementary Education at UNC Greensboro. Logan is a National Board Certified teacher who thinks learning should be accompanied with lots of love and laughter.
Get to know Logan Killen:
In what ways can you teach/engage children at CDS that you couldn't at other schools?
“CDS allows me an opportunity to explore topics that are interesting and relevant to my students. The smaller class sizes and extracurricular activities allow our school to help students create a greater range of interests and develop talents that they might not acquire in other settings.”
What do you like most about your job at CDS?
“Carolina Day School is an accepting and warm community that supports and inspires each of its members.”
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?
“CDS allows students to feel comfortable within their school and classroom communities. Developing a strong sense of community allows the students to take academic risks and be persistent when they might otherwise be afraid of failure. Working within a supporting environment gives students the ability to pursue their interests and explore the curiosities within our world!”
How would you describe your classroom?
“My classroom is a supportive environment where students are encouraged to laugh, work together, and enjoy the process of learning.”
What books and authors inspire you?
“I am always looking for new pieces of inspiration, but lately I’ve enjoyed R.J. Palacio’s Wonder. Her message of “choose kind” is something that I share with my students and try to promote within my classroom.”
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” - Plutarch
How would you describe yourself and/or your approach to your job in 10 words or less?
“Fill each day with love, laughter, and learning.”
What personal passion brings balance to your life?
“Spending time with my family is a top priority in my life! We enjoy traveling, cheering on the Tar Heels, and playing a variety of sports.”
Is there anything else we should know about you and your work?
“I genuinely love getting to know my students and what they are passionate about over the course of the year. Thanks to former students I have watched anime, discovered I enjoy Johnny Cash, and learned some new dance moves. Each year is exciting because I never know what my students might be teaching me next!”
How is CDS different from what you experienced as a child in school?
“I remember sitting in rows and being silent for most of the day unless I was raising my hand to respond to the teacher. There was one way to solve a math problem and there were lots of strict time limits on tests. I enjoy knowing that CDS allows students to collaborate with one another and investigate “why” more than focusing on just arriving at a correct answer within a rigid time limit.”