Kevin Phillips
Educational Department
French Teacher

Kevin Phillips graduated from Indiana University with a degree in French Literature and earned a Master's degree in Education from the University of Phoenix. He also pursued an MA in Western European Studies. He is currently the World Language Department chairperson at Southwest DeKalb High School in Decatur, GA. He has been the lead French teacher at the school for the school since 2000. He also taught online classes with Georgia Virtual School. Kevin also is a member of the College Boards and is an AP reader for the AP French Language and Culture exam. He is also the faculty sponsor for the schools Model United Nations debate team.

Kevin is involved in his current schools academic academy program. He is a member of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy which emphasizes the Arts as a career choice for students. Academies give the students a sense of belonging and feeling of family within their interests. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and that their career choices in the arts are valid and important to society.

Kevin is currently involved with a project involving the changes in methodology of second language acquisition; this is the Integrated Performance Assessment Model. This model allows students to be responsible for their own progression and for their own advancement in the language. Allowing students to use the language and not to just memorize grammar rules and vocabulary is the purpose of second language learning. In the current global society it is even more important for people to understand more than just one language.

Kevin has had the opportunity to travel and study abroad. During his BA degree he spent his junior year studying in France. While pursuing his first MA in European Studies he spent a semester living in Denmark. He has had the chance to take different groups of students to travel and study in Europe throughout his stay at his current teaching position.


"At times we feel compelled to hold our past experiences accountable for our present condition. The desire to blame who we are on what did or did not occur in our lives overpowers our need to be accountable for what we choose to do or not do about it. It is not the action, but the reaction to the action that is of the most importance. To live this truth is our opportunity to redefine ourselves." –Richard A. Snipes


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