Warren G. Phillips

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Warren G. Phillips
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Warren G. Phillips in 2010.
National Teachers Hall Of Fame
Inducted 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 is a science teacher inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame (Video on YouTube[1]) in Emporia, Kansas, in 2010.[2] He conducts brain-based STEM professional development for teachers around the country based upon his book Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites. Phillips recorded and produced three CD’s of Science Songs entitled Sing-A-Long Science teaching the science standards.[3] From these songs, he developed a musical entitled The Science Secret. He has incorporated his Sing Along Science songs, which are parodies of popular music, into science lessons to make them more memorable. His Element Song Video on YouTube[4] teaches the first 30 elements of the periodic table in order. Warren maintains a blog at singalongscience.wordpress.com Warren was born in Weymouth, MA. on February 1, 1954

Teaching achievements[edit]

Phillips' creative teaching strategies earned him a Disney Award (Video on YouTube[5]) in 2004. From 39 Disney teachers nationwide, Warren was selected as the Disney Middle School Teacher of The Year.[6] He made a guest appearance (Video on YouTube[7]) on the Tony Danza Show in Fall 2004. In 2005, Phillips was selected as a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.[8] He was selected as national winner of the Time/Chevrolet Teacher of the Year in 2002 and won a Chevy Malibu as grand prize winner.[9] Warren was selected to the USA Today All-USA Teaching Team in 2006. Bridgewater State University featured him in a commercial on YouTube in 2007.[10] He is co-author with Marcia Tate in a brain-based book about teaching strategies entitled Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites.[11] His essay about teaching is featured in the NSTA monograph entitled Exemplary Science in Grades 5-8: Standards-Based Success Stories[12]. He is also a contributor to a collection of inspirational teaching stories entitled Today I Made A Difference.[13] Currently, Phillips travels around the country doing keynote speeches and teacher professional development[14] for Developing Minds,inc, Bridgewater State University, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence [1], and local school districts. He is past president of the STEP Foundation,[15] a Not-for-Profit (501.c.3) foundation of citizens, supporting Science and Technology. The STEP Foundation has funded an Observatory, established Creative Teacher Awards, and supported students and teachers in science endeavors.[16]

Warren Phillips taught science for 35 years for the Plymouth Public Schools in Plymouth, Massachusetts, and an additional 5 years at Silver Lake Schools in Kingston, MA. As a middle school science teacher, he organized a three-day outdoor education trip for all Plymouth seventh graders for 25 years. He helped obtain grants to establish and maintain a TV studio within the school.[17] His classes initiated and organized a recycling program for Plymouth Schools.[18] He is 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 [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] Warren currently works as outreach coordinator for Pegasus Springs Education Collective [3].

Honors and recognition[edit]

Warren Phillips inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame 2010
Warren G. Phillips, 2002 Time For Kids/ Chevrolet Malibu Teacher of the Year - grand prize winner.

National level:

Regional and State level:

  • The Nicholas P. Tillinghast Award For Achievement in the Field of Education (2013) Bridgewater State University [4]
  • The Green Team Recycling Award (2006-2008)[5][6]
  • Massachusetts Hall Of Fame For Science Educators (2007)[19]
  • Plymouth County Science Teacher of the Year (2006) Mass. Association of Science Teachers (MAST)
  • Technology and Learning Magazine’s Leader of the Year in 2003 semi-finalist [20]
  • Presidential Award in Secondary Science Mass. Finalist (2001, 2002, 2003)
  • Above and Beyond Award Winner (2002, 2003) (Mass. Software and Internet Council)
  • Winner of Best Buy’s Teach Award (2004, 2005, 2007)
  • P.A.L.M.S. (Partnerships Advancing Learning of Mathematics and Science) Science and Technology Teacher Leader (1999)
  • Recipient of an N.S.F. Grant in Physical Sciences (1988)
  • Winner of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching (1990 & 1994) (Patriot Ledger Newspaper)
  • Recipient of an N.S.F. Grant in Mathematics & Sciences (1992-1993)
  • Winner of the Plymouth County Education Association Honor Award for Contributions to the Teaching Profession (1994)
  • Grant winner from the National Gardening Association (1995, 1998, 2000)


Warren is the son of Joseph E. and Eleanore M. Phillips. He is married to his high school sweetheart, Karen E.(Friberg) and has two children: Jeff, who is a family doctor and Kristin, who works with Cape Abilities. Warren has played music since his childhood. He plays keyboard and guitar. Warren enjoys playing cover music, singing and playing keyboard with East Bay Band. He also plays and sings for Memory Care, Council of Aging [7], and Assisted Living residents. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, biking, and conducting presentations at Bridgewater State University.


  • 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 CD's of Science Songs (Original, The Sequel, The Second Sequel),Disc Makers © 1999, 2001, 2002 by Warren Phillips
  • The Science Secret A science Glee-like musical using Sing-A-Long Science songs. Independent publishers © Warren Phillips, 2011
  • Wordpress Blog [8]


  1. ^ "Warren G. Phillips - National Teachers Hall Of Fame Induction 2010". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-01-26.
  2. ^ "Warren Phillips « The National Teacher Hall of Fame". www.nthf.org.
  3. ^ a b "Bridgewater" (PDF). www.wphillips.com. 2007.
  4. ^ "The Element Song by Warren G. Phillips". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-02-15.
  5. ^ "Warren G. Phillips - Disney Award". YouTube. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  6. ^ "JEFFREY THOMPSON OF FORT LEWIS, WASH., NAMED 2004 DISNEYHAND TEACHER OF THE YEAR". The Walt Disney Company. 2004-07-26. Retrieved 2015-11-14.
  7. ^ "Tony Danza Appearance". YouTube. Retrieved 2016-08-18.
  8. ^ "Report" (PDF). www.wphillips.com.
  9. ^ "Newsletter" (PDF). www.wphillips.com.
  10. ^ "Bridgewater State College TV commercial - Warren Phillips". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  11. ^ "Science Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: 20 Instructional Strategies That Engage the Brain: Marcia L. Tate: 9781412978477". Corwin. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  12. ^ "NSTA Science Store: Product Detail". Nsta.org. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  13. ^ "Today I Made a Difference". AdamsMediaStore.com. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  14. ^ "Students have a day off, teachers SOAR - starherald.com: News". starherald.com. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  15. ^ rharbert@wickedlocal.com, Rich Harbert. "STEP FOUNDATION: New observatory honors late Plymouth planetarium director".
  16. ^ Harbert, Rich. "STEP FOUNDATION: Palagi, Ring win grants for making learning fun".
  17. ^ "Innovation Challenge Gallery". Pbs.org. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  18. ^ "Green Team winner" (PDF). www.wphillips.com. June 12, 2008.
  19. ^ "The Massachusetts Hall Of Fame For Science Educators". MSELA. Retrieved 2014-05-19.
  20. ^ "Ed Tech Leader of the Year 2003". Tech Learning. 2003-12-15. Retrieved 2014-05-19.

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