Phil has been teaching high school for more than 25 years. Before Parker, he taught migrant farm workers' children at Indio High School. He also taught at The American School in Mexico City, the University of San Diego High School and at Coronado High School.
He piloted Advanced Placement World Cultures and Advanced Placement American History programs and developed courses in Geography, Latin American History and Culture, and Global Issues and Social Justice.
Phil has been the recipient of numerous educational grants from various nongovernment groups and the National Endowment of the Humanities, letting him study throughout the developing world and work with organizations committed to social justice.
His study abroad opportunities took him to Mexico, Guatemala, Cuba, Costa Rica, Peru, Ghana, the Philippines, Burkina Faso, Namibia, and Tanzania. According to Mr. Trotter, "traveling to these countries helps to bring meaning to my teaching and reaffirms the great responsibility we have for educating America's youth."
Phil has also led and developed experiential learning programs for students in Europe, Ghana, the Philippines, Mexico, and Guatemala. His travel experiences have been instrumental in the development of the global issues and social justice course.
He also has coached six sports at the high school level. His volleyball teams won three CIF championships at University of San Diego High School. Phil enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosalind, and sons, Benjamin and Henry.