Pasadena Waldorf Physics Teacher Honored

Published : Tuesday, September 25, 2012 | 9:47 PM

Dr. Paolo Carini

Pasadena Waldorf High School visiting science teacher Dr. Paolo Carini received the Herbst Foundation’s Excellence in Teaching Award this year. A private foundation based in San Francisco, Herbst recognizes teachers who engage students in critical and creative thinking, inspire a joy of learning which results in breakthroughs to higher levels of academic achievement, challenge and inspire students to achieve more than expected, and exhibit high personal and professional standards and professional development.

Born in Rome, Italy, Dr. Carini earned his bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Rome and his Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University. He received his Waldorf teacher certification at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher more Training and has served as a faculty member in that program for the past eight years. He is a founding faculty member of the San Francisco Waldorf High School.

Dr. Carini will be teaching the Physics Block in science to our first freshman class this fall. Below are excerpts from remarks he made when accepting the Herbst Foundation’s award:

“We [in Waldorf education] believe in the values of a multidimensional education, where no subject is less important than another and where all breathe together like well-tuned instruments in a large orchestra, always supporting each other with the purpose of facilitating the intellectual, emotional and physical development of our students. Yes, the whole IS more than the sum of the parts!

“As educators, we know that our main job is to remove obstacles to help the students to fulfill their destinies… How can [a Waldorf education] really help the students discover and fulfill their goals in life? My answer always goes back to this: by developing a genuine interest in the students as human beings and a compassion for their struggles; in other words, we develop our capacity to love… Given such lofty ideals, we find success is hardly something that can be more measured by standardized tests and often the benefits of our work manifest later in life. It is reassuring to have a well-known, outside institution like the Herbst Foundation recognize that indeed [Waldorf Schools] are moving in the right direction.”

Pasadena Waldorf School, founded in 1979, is one of over 1,000 Waldorf schools worldwide with over 90 years of experience offering inspired education. Pasadena Waldorf High School, which opened this year, joins 40 other Waldorf high schools now operating in North America. Waldorf education is the fastest growing independent school movement in the world.

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