Warren G. Phillips

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Warren G. Phillips
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Phillips in 2010
Nationality United States
OccupationScience teacher
Keynote Speaker
Professional Development
Known forNational Teachers Hall of Fame
Sing Along Science
Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites
The Science Secret, a school musical
Spouse(s)Karen Phillips

Warren G. Phillips (born 1954) is an American science teacher who was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame in 2010.[1][2] He conducts brain-based STEM professional development for teachers based on his book Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites[1], which he co-authored with Marcia Tate. He also recorded and produced the Sing-A-Long Science series of CDs.[3] These songs serve as the basis for the musical The Science Secret. In 2020, he published the book Oh, The Lives You'll Change! A Teacher's Story.[2]


Phillips has a B.A. in Earth Sciences, an M.A.T. in Teaching Physical Sciences and an M. ED. in Instructional Technology from Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass.[3]

Phillips taught science for the Plymouth Public Schools in Plymouth, Massachusetts from 1975 to 2010, and for Silver Lake Schools in Kingston, Massachusetts from 2011 to 2016. As a middle school science teacher, he organized a three-day outdoor education trip for all Plymouth seventh graders for 25 years.[3] He helped obtain grants to establish and maintain a TV studio within the school.[4] His classes initiated and organized a recycling program for Plymouth Schools.[5] He was a contributing writer for the Prentice-Hall Science Explorer series and has written curriculum for Northeastern University’s Project SEED and the Plymouth Public Schools science curriculum. He is a board certified teacher by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). In 2008, he received an Earthwatch fellowship to study elephant behavior at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya.[4]

Phillips was selected as national winner of the Time/Chevrolet Teacher of the Year in 2002.[6] He was selected as the Disney Middle School Teacher of The Year in 2004.[7][8] He made a guest appearance on the Tony Danza Show in Fall 2004.[9] Phillips was selected to the USA Today All-USA Teaching Team in 2006.[5] He was selected a finalist in Massachusetts in 2001, 2002, and 2003 for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Math and Science.[6] Phillips won the PBS Teachers Innovation Award in 2010.[citation needed]

Since 2005, Phillips has traveled around the country doing keynote speeches and teacher professional development[10] for Developing Minds, Inc., Bridgewater State University, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, and local school districts. He is past president of the nonprofit STEP Foundation,[11] which has funded an observatory, established teaching awards, and supported students and teachers in science endeavors.[12] Phillips currently[when?] works as outreach coordinator for the Pegasus Springs Education Collective,a nonprofit dedicated to improving education. [7]

Phillips is co-author with Marcia Tate of the teaching strategies book Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites.[13][14] Phillips is also the author of the teaching guidebook Oh, The Lives You'll Change! A Teacher's Story.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Phillips is the son of Joseph E. and Eleanore M. Phillips. He is married to Karen (née Friberg) and has two children, Jeff and Kristin.[citation needed]

Phillips appeared as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in 2005.[15]


  • Oh, The Lives You'll Change! A Teacher's Story. Sing Along Science Publisher, Warren G. Phillips (2020) ISBN 978-0-578-73251-0
  • 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons For Unforgettable Teaching and Learning K-8. Corwin Press, Marcia L. Tate, Lisa Lee, Simone Willingham, Deborah Daniel, and Warren G. Phillips (2020) ISBN 978-1-5443-8157-2
  • 100 Brain-Friendly Lessons For Unforgettable Teaching and Learning 9-12. Corwin Press, Marcia L. Tate, Lisa Lee, Victoria Hanabury, Deborah Daniel, and Warren G. Phillips (2020) ISBN 978-1-5443-8156-5
  • Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage The Brain. Corwin Press, Marcia L. Tate & Warren G. Phillips (2011) ISBN 978-1-4129-7847-7
  • Today I Made A Difference. Adams Media, Joseph W. Underwood, editor (2009) ISBN 978-1-59869-834-3
  • Exemplary Science In Grades 5-8, Standards-based Success Stories. NSTA Press, Robert E Yeager, editor (2006) ISBN 0-87355-262-8
  • Science Explorer Cells And Heredity. Prentice-Hall, Donald Cronkite, Ph.D. (2002) ISBN 0-13-054064-1
  • Sing-A-Long Science. 3 CDs of Science Songs (Original, The Sequel, The Second Sequel), Disc Makers (1999, 2001, 2002)
  • The Science Secret A science Glee-like musical using Sing-A-Long Science songs. Independent publishers (2011)


  1. ^ "Warren G. Phillips - National Teachers Hall Of Fame Induction 2010". YouTube. Retrieved January 26, 2017.
  2. ^ "Warren Phillips « The National Teacher Hall of Fame". www.nthf.org.
  3. ^ a b "Bridgewater" (PDF). www.wphillips.com. 2007.
  4. ^ "Innovation Challenge Gallery". Pbs.org. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  5. ^ "Green Team winner" (PDF). www.wphillips.com. June 12, 2008.
  6. ^ "Time For Kids 2002 advertisement" (PDF). www.wphillips.com.
  7. ^ "DisneyHand Teacher Award" (PDF). www.wphillips.com.
  8. ^ "JEFFREY THOMPSON OF FORT LEWIS, WASH., NAMED 2004 DISNEYHAND TEACHER OF THE YEAR". The Walt Disney Company. July 26, 2004. Retrieved November 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Tony Danza Appearance". YouTube. Retrieved August 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Students have a day off, teachers SOAR - starherald.com: News". starherald.com. February 21, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  11. ^ rharbert@wickedlocal.com, Rich Harbert. "STEP FOUNDATION: New observatory honors late Plymouth planetarium director".
  12. ^ Harbert, Rich. "STEP FOUNDATION: Palagi, Ring win grants for making learning fun".
  13. ^ "Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain: Marcia L. Tate: 9781412978477". Corwin. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  14. ^ "Today I Made a Difference". AdamsMediaStore.com. Retrieved May 19, 2014.
  15. ^ "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Diary" (PDF). www.wphillips.com.[self-published source?]

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