Genevieve Dagobert ~ On Race, Waldorf Education, Anthroposophy, and Steiner
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I say it in the episode, but I really can not express enough gratitude for my lovely guest Genevieve Dagobert. Genevieve is right here in New Hampshire, where I currently am, but we've only just connected this year. She is so brilliant, passionate, and courageous, I really just can't say enough about her.
Geneviève is a life-long educator with over thirty years of teaching experience, both in Haiti and the US, ranging from early childhood through elementary grades, to educating adults in a college setting. In 1983, Genevieve opened an Early Childhood center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
She migrated to the US in 1992 and a few years later founded a parenting education company that produced culturally sensitive parenting videos in French and Haitian-Creole. In 2004, she produced an educational video that focused on the skills needed to master and enjoy the art of breastfeeding.
Another enriching experience was with Planned Parenthood of South Florida. As a Community Services Coordinator, she provided scientifically accurate sexuality education to teens in a rural, low-income community located on the southeastern shore of Lake Okeechobee.
Geneviève holds a Master of Science in Human Development from Wheelock College in Boston and a Master’s degree in Waldorf Education from Antioch University. Geneviève took a class from 1st to 3rd grade at the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School.
Throughout her career, Geneviève’s determination to serve children and their families has remained constant. In these tumultuous times, she unequivocally stands in solidarity with those fighting for racial equality and has committed herself towards understanding and eradicating the tragic inequalities that define our nation. Her hope is to bring Waldorf Early Childhood Education to all children regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic, cultural, or linguistic background. Genevieve’s ultimate goal is to serve humanity by providing children and young adults with the sound foundation that will help them develop into happy, independent and responsible human beings.
Genevieve's passion really comes through when she speaks about Waldorf education. She comes alive when she speaks about the joy Waldorf education sparks in children. However, Genevieve's journey with Waldorf education did come with some ups and downs. She credits her resilience and deep love of Waldorf education with helping her to persevere on her path as a Waldorf teacher and advocate of Waldorf education.
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In this episode Genevieve mentions discovering Waldorf education and the books she first read as she began exploring it. The books she mentioned are:
"How To Know Higher Worlds" by Rudolf Steiner.
"School as a Journey: The Eight Year Odyssey of a Waldorf Teacher and His Class" by Torin Finser Ph D.