Phil began his career in academic technology and went on to hold positions including Dean of Faculty and Curriculum, Middle School teacher, and the founding Head of Upper School at The New School in Arkansas prior to joining AC. Phil holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from Elmhurst College and went on to receive an M.A. in Educational Technology and Curriculum Development from Illinois Benedictine University.
Why did you decide to become an educator?
Every day as an educator, I have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. I am a product of a large public school system that I did not find engaging until my senior year of high school. I wanted to help create an educational environment that was very different from the one that I experienced, so working towards a degree in curriculum development and technological integration gave me the ability to change the institution from the inside. (Read more about The Maker Movement in K-12 Education on the Education Week blog.)
What songs can we expect to find on your playlist?
Right now I am listening to a lot of Beatles music. I saw the recent James Corden Carpool Karaoke with Paul McCartney, which inspired me to go back and listen to his music. I have also been listening to Band of Horses.
If you could travel back in time to witness one historical event, which would it be and why?
I would like to attend the 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial. It doesn’t matter how many times I hear this speech, I am moved and inspired by it. I would like to be present to witness a pivotal moment in our nation’s evolution and just get a chance to immerse myself in that atmosphere.
What is your favorite way to spend an evening or day off?
I like to spend my free time with my family. Attending concerts or just going for a walk with my family are my favorite times.