Phil grew up in southern California, attending high school before moving to San Francisco for a year and a half and eventually to Fairbanks to attend the University of Alaska. There, he majored in physics and minored in mathematics.
As a mentor, Phil focuses on seeking a thorough understanding of where a student’s struggle originates. Whether it be a mathematical tool or physical concept, he attempts to dig down into the basics of each in order to build the student up with a fundamental understanding and intuition for what’s truly going on. Patience and rigor are core tenets of his teaching methodology.
When not working Phil enjoys being outdoors. Whether biking, hiking, climbing, camping, or any combination or extension of the previous, he’s always up for spending a day or more away from the city. He also enjoys keeping up with developments in science, technology, and mathematics.