Mr. Phillips was born and raised in Ireland and lived there until earning his Bachelor's degree in Science from Trinity College, Dublin. Not ready to begin a career in Geology just yet, he spent a year working and traveling in Australia after graduation. He got his first experience in education by becoming an English teacher in Japan, teaching at language schools, middle-schools and finally on a cruise ship. After moving to the United States, Mr. Phillips received a Master's Degree in Education from University of Illinois at Chicago and began teaching at John Hancock College Prep in 2010. He has worked in a range of positions at the school, including Special Education Case Manager, and Biology, Chemistry and Physics teacher. He currently teaches freshman Honors Physics and AP Physics.