North Central College - Naperville, IL
Physical Education and Athletic Training double major, Secondary Education minor

After taking his first education class, Phillip was sold on teaching. “I realized I wanted to work with students. And teaching physical education gives students skills and strategies early in life to live more healthy lifestyles.”

His practical experience started early with practicums in middle and high schools and expanded to student teaching at an area high school. “What’s great about North Central is they give you experience teaching in different environments, cultures and economic levels. You’re better prepared.”

His professors were a big factor in his preparation too. “With small classes, you get more one-on-one time with your professors. And they have an open-door policy. If you have questions about teaching or anything, you can call or email and they get back to you right away.”

Phillip added a minor in secondary education to his majors in athletic training and physical education and plans to pursue teaching physical education, coaching or do athletic training at a middle or high school.