Core Faculty, Education
Department Chair, Education
Torin M Finser received his Ph.D. in educational leadership from Union Graduate School, his M.A. in education from Adelphi University, and his B.A. from Bowdoin College. He taught at the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, where he also served as faculty chairman. Torin has done extensive consulting with schools in organizational dynamics and leadership development and has been a keynote speaker at conferences all over the world.
He is the author eleven books, beginning with School as a Journey, which has now been translated into Mandarin, Farsi, Thai, Arabic, Korean and Spanish. Other books include: School Renewal, Organizational Integrity, A Second Classroom, Parent Teacher Relations in a Waldorf School, Leadership Development and Education for Non-Violence. His Guided Self Study is used by many as an introduction to Anthroposophy.
Torin has served as General Secretary of the Anthroposophical Society in America and Chair of the Education Department at Antioch University New England. A founder of the Center for Anthroposophy, he has recently pioneered their new Building Bridges Program for practicing teachers in independent and charter schools.
- Ph.D., Union Graduate School, 1994 Educational Leadership with emphasis on Teacher Stress/Renewal
- M.A., Adelphi University, 1978 Education
- B.A., Bowdoin College, 1977 Double major in history and German Literature. Graduated in three years, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.
- Waldorf, 1960-1974 Student at three Waldorf Schools: Rudolf Steiner School in NYC Green Meadow Waldorf School, N.Y., Freie Waldorf Schule in Krefeld, Germany
Organizational consultant, leadership development, conflict resolution, group dynamics, Waldorf teacher development and mentoring
- Delegate to the Association of Waldorf Schools (also served as chair of Hadley Sponsorship Committee and Teacher Training Fund, a nationwide scholarship program). 1978 to present.
- Council Member, New England Waldorf Teacher Training, Inc. 1989 to present.
- Member, Anthroposophical Society in America. 1977 to present.
- Consulting and advising, over 20 Waldorf Schools: evaluation of teachers and programs, finances and administration. Workshop Leader: Waldorf and public schools. Staff Development Workshops: stress transformation, arts in the curriculum, site based management, foreign languages, etc. 1988 to present