St. Lawrence University, B.A.; Arizona State University, M.A.
Work Phone: 860-
Year Appointed: 2012
Phillip grew up in Colorado, attending Washington-Bilingual Elementary in Boulder and, thus, speaking both Spanish and English from an early age. Upon graduating from Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO, he attended St. Lawrence University, where he double-majored in Spanish and history; was a four-year Presidential Diversity Scholar; studied abroad in Madrid; and played four years of varsity soccer—a sport in which he earned many accolades, including Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association All-Academic Team, National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region Scholar and the Liberty League’s All-Academic Team. After St. Lawrence, he played professional soccer for two years for the Cincinnati Kings and Colorado Rapids, while also working some for Koshi-Baker Design Associates. He has worked many soccer camps with kids ranging from 5 to 18 years old. After his professional soccer career, he enrolled in graduate school at Arizona State University, where he spent the next five years studying, teaching, and writing his way to a master’s and completion of post-master’s course work in Spanish literature with a concentration in peninsular literature. He earned a graduate college doctoral enrichment fellowship, a graduate fellowship and the Fosters Latin American Research Grant; additionally, he served as the Spanish graduate associate vice president and presented at conferences at multiple Spanish graduate conferences. During graduate school, he also worked as a technical liaison between publisher Cengage Learning and the university, he served as program organizer and Spanish instructor for the university’s study-abroad program in Spain, he worked as an editorial assistant for Letras Femeninas, and taught a range of—from 100-level to 300-level—Spanish courses to university undergraduates. Phillip comes to Taft with his wife, Sarah, and their dog, Lola. He teaches Spanish, coaches boys’ JV soccer and thirds basketball and lives on HDT 3.