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Lalla Carini

A trained Waldorf teacher and Extra Lesson remedial teacher, Lalla has taught classes one through six, and has worked with small groups and individual students with learning differences through high school.

Lalla Carini was born in the little town of Cisternino, in the celebrated “valle dei trulli”, at the “heel of the boot” that is Italy. Growing up in the Roman countryside, and attending high school in the city, Lalla spent her summers on a family farm in Puglia amidst vines and secular olive groves. She began her teaching career at age nineteen in the school founded by her mother in Rome. Lalla studied classics and comparative literature while also perfecting her English through travel in Britain, Australia and the United States.  Twenty-five years ago, Lalla moved to the U.S. with her husband Paolo. Here she found Waldorf education, the answer to her search for a way that addresses the child as a developing being of body, soul and spirit.

A trained Waldorf teacher and Extra Lesson remedial teacher, Lalla has taught classes one through six, and has worked with small groups and individual students with learning differences through high school. Lalla worked at the San Francisco Waldorf School for eighteen years. Her experience also includes early childhood parent education and community development, and the development of assessment and support protocols.

Fascinated by the pioneering work of Rudolf Steiner and Karl Konig in addressing children with learning differences, Lalla has pursued in the last two years a Master in Waldorf Healing Education focusing on the use of artistic processes for meeting learning and emotional challenges. While advertising for her educational therapy practice, Lalla came across the New Village School, which she finds to be “a truly healing environment for the children of our time, and for their parents, where enthusiasm and reverence are modeled and cultivated in every moment.” Lalla is at the school every morning, teaching block lessons in grades one through four and clay modeling in grades seven and eight. When not at the school, Lalla is working with children privately and on her thesis project on the Waldorf approach to dyslexia.

Lalla has been for years also an adult educator. She has taught at the Bay Area Center for Waldorf Teacher Training and in the Remedial Program at the Rudolf Steiner College, and in the Lifeways program.

Lalla has three children, Sibilla (25 years old), Pietro (23 years old), and Tommaso (12 years old), with her husband Paolo, who is also a Waldorf teacher.