Baron Rogers was the first African-American man to earn a master’s degree from the University of Akron in Counseling and Psychology.
He’ll be honored by Spring Garden Waldorf School with the “The Waldorf Difference” award, at the school’s Annual Benefit Auction, Saturday, March 16, at Greystone Hall, 103 S. High St.
The school each year honors an alumnus who has made a difference and brought about positive change in the world.
Rogers, who graduated from Spring Garden Waldorf School in 2002, said he still remembers the influence of his Waldorf education.
“My approach to problem-solving and communication were probably shaped the most from my early education,” said Rogers, who currently teaches at the University of Akron, along with working for the Minority Behavioral Health Group in Akron. “I think that being able to engage in art and performances made me able to speak with others confidently.
“As a result of my education, I was able to present myself passionately in large groups and also be empathetic to others. To be more engaged with others on a deeper emotional level was something that my Spring Garden education gave me.”
Perhaps, more notably, he said he remembers the deep sense of beauty, self and joy, from his time at Spring Garden Waldorf School.
“I remember so many beautiful moments from Spring Garden. I think the walks in the woods were always something I valued. I had a favorite tree. My time climbing, exploring, building and creating all return to my memory fondly. The classroom rabbit, Flopsy, all the fish and plants, all things that taught me to care for things beyond myself for the first time. I remember exploring myself and the world through the lens of my Waldorf education. There is so much to be thankful for and so much that I cherish.”
Tickets to the event are available at https://sgws.schoolauction.net/benefit2019/register/ticket_sales.
Spring Garden Waldorf School is the only fully accredited Waldorf School in Northeast Ohio. Located on a rural campus in Copley, Spring Garden serves children from nursery school through eighth grade.
For info, call (330) 666-0574 or visit [email protected].