Dr. Andrew Saldino, PhD
High School Coordinator & Social Studies Teacher
Andrew grew up in San Diego before venturing off to the University of Notre Dame to study Philosophy, Theology, and Literature in a Great Books Program. Upon graduation, he taught high school as a Mercy Corps volunteer on the Navajo Reservation, and then returned to school to get a PhD in Philosophy of Religion from Syracuse University. He worked as a Lecturer at Clemson University and an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Lees-McRae College in beautiful Boone, NC. While in Boone, he created the most ecologically progressive subdivision in the region and then went on to pursue an AMI Montessori Adolescent training.
Andrew’s “constant goal is to facilitate first class academic progress by the students.” He is a self-described “voracious lifelong reader and learner,” and he says, “This pursuit of personal growth is what I communicate to my students. I prepare students for academic success because achievement in academia is ingrained in my bones. Beyond that objective, however, lies the realm of what really matters–life’s higher aims; and my deeper purpose as a teacher will always be to awaken this pursuit of a beautiful life in my students. My best moments as a teacher involve helping students work through the emotional issues that hold the keys to their development as stable, balanced, and fulfilled human beings.”