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Kristin Averell

Faculty Information
Location(s) Key
Title(s) Key School Grade 4, Lower School Study Support
Degree(s) M.A., Communicative Disorders, West Chester University
B.S., Biological Sciences, Rutgers University
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Kristin Averell teaches Grade 4 in the Key School and offers Lower School Study Support. She joined the CDS faculty in 2017.

Get to know Kristin Averell:

Kristin attended Rutgers University where she earned a B.S. in the Biological Sciences. Her first job out of college was piloting a program to bring advanced science concepts into (K-8) schools in the Philadelphia area. She was an amateur "Bill Nye" and even traveled around town with a tarantula in tow.

After earning her M.A in Communicative Disorders from West Chester University, she accepted a position at an independent school in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she both taught and provided speech and language services to children with profound hearing deficits.  

Kristin then migrated to the hospital setting, where she launched a pediatric speech and language program which served a wide range of children, from at-risk newborns to teens with traumatic brain injuries. She also became part of the state’s early-intervention program, First Steps. It was during these years that she learned to never underestimate brain plasticity and the power of the human spirit.

Her love for the coast next took her to Wilmington, North Carolina, where she has resided for the past 9 years. It was there that she homeschooled her children (K-7th grade) and practiced privately as a speech-language pathologist. Kristin became a pro-bono child advocate for families in the local school districts, ensuring that her clients received appropriate services and accommodations.

It was during these years that she began to appreciate the undeniable connection between language and literacy disorders. A life-long learner, she was inspired to further her knowledge of the latter and pursued Orton-Gillingham training through the Hill Center in Durham.

When her husband accepted a position in Asheville, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to take classes at the renowned Key Learning Center. It didn’t take long for her to become enamored with the brilliant staff and inclusive culture at the KLC and Carolina Day.

Kristin’s life has come full circle as she is once again teaching at an independent school. She could not be more excited to be part of such a child-centered community.

When not working, Kristin values time with her beautiful family, being outside, and reading (of course!).

Favorite quote:

“Let us dare to read, think, speak and write.” -John Adams (1765)

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