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Mary Pat Phillips Wins Teacher of the Year Award

When Mary Pat Phillips earned her bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign during the 1980s, there weren’t that many jobs. For awhile, she lived at home with her parents while doing work that didn’t challenge her creatively. Then she got her teaching credential at San Francisco State University and everything changed.

“The teaching job I got offered when I graduated was in Santa Clara; that was in 1991,” says Phillips, who has since served the Santa Clara Unified School District for 24 years as an English and History teacher. After teaching at Peterson Middle School for a couple of years, Phillips has been teaching at Cabrillo Middle School ever since. Right now, she teaches a reading intervention class and is a librarian at the school, putting her Master of Library and Information Science from San Jose State University to good use.

On September 26, the Santa Clara County’s Office of Education awarded Phillips a Teacher of the Year Award at the 44th Annual Santa Clara County Teacher Recognition Celebration. Phillips was one of 36 teachers to receive this honor.

Read more at The Santa Clara Weekly.

 

 

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