Carl Farinelli’s path to his current position as Professor of Educational Foundations and Leadership at Northeastern State University is unique. After dropping out of high school in Madison County, Arkansas in1968, he received his GED diploma from a job corps center in San Marcos, Texas. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in English and German and his master’s degree in Educational Counseling from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
After 15 years as a teacher, counselor, and principal in Houston inner-city schools, NSU hired Farinelli in 1988. His dedication to teaching is rivaled only by his passion for musical performance and pedagogy. Farinelli won the 2000-2001 Faculty Circle of Excellence Award for Teaching, the 2009 “Modeling the Way” award, and the university named him as an NSU Centurion in 2012.