Phil grew up in upstate New York and later earned a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from St. Lawrence University, where he was also a four-year member of the crew team. After graduating, he went on to work as a class dean, history teacher, dorm parent, and varsity soccer, squash, and tennis coach at Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Connecticut.
In 2019, Phil completed an M.S.Ed. in Independent School Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. At Suffield, he serves as Associate Dean of Academics & Faculty, teaches history, and is also a dorm parent and crew coach. Phil lives on campus with his wife, Liz, and their springer spaniel, Lexi. He enjoys reading, hiking, boating, traveling, cooking, and tennis.
Where were you born?
What do you love about where you are from?
Countless opportunities to do things outdoors. You can hike in the Adirondacks, ski Whiteface in the winter, or be on the St. Lawrence River or Lake Ontario in the summer and be back home in the same day!
If someone was traveling to where you are from for 24 hours, what would you recommend?
Get a coffee milkshake from Stewarts, or head up to Sackets Harbor and Thousand Islands Park to take in some local history, beautiful scenery, and great food.
What do you love about where you live now?
Everything is accessible. I can be on the coast, on a plane to anywhere, fishing on the Farmington, or at my pick of any number of great restaurants all within an hour from Suffield.
What is your favorite thing about day-to-day life at Suffield Academy?
The opportunity to connect and have informal conversations with everyone in the community.
What is the first thing you do every morning when you get to work?
Finish a cup of coffee and organize my day.
Which of your roles at Suffield Academy do you relish the most?
Being an Academic Dean teaching history. The excitement around working with our students always offers something new and exciting.
What is something your Suffield Academy family might not know about you?
I am the son of a Korean immigrant.
What is your favorite book?
Endurance by Alfred Lansing
What is the one word that you live by?
What is something you believe one can never over-invest in?
New experiences, your health, and time with loved ones
What is your favorite hobby?
Boating of any kind
What advice would you give a new teacher at Suffield Academy?
Get to know as many people in the community as possible!
What is the most important life lesson for someone to learn?
Adversity in life is inevitable, but how you manage those moments is what largely defines you as a person.
What is your favorite song of all time?
“Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
If you could have dinner with one person, alive or dead, who would you dine with?
Who is your role model? Inspiration?
My older brother
What is your favorite food?
Bulgogi, rice, and kimchi