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Meet staff member Conrad Phillips

Photo of Conrad PhillipsHi! My name is Conrad Phillips. I am an English teacher at Central Valley Academy. I have been teaching for 35 years.

What do you like best about what you do?

I like to see the eureka moment when students connect prior knowledge to what we are doing. I like watching students as they become young adults.

What event here at Central Valley CSD has made/makes a difference to you personally and in your career?

Dancing at a student assembly has opened my eyes to a myriad of career opportunities when I retire.

Where are you involved outside of school and what do you like best about it?

I am a big blues fan and I love playing out. My instrument is an amplified harmonica.

What former jobs have you held?

Tool room machinist and house painter.

Where were you educated?

  • CAS – SUNY Cortland
  • Ma in English – Middlebury College
  • Ba in English – SUNY Fredonia

Where have you lived?

Olean, NY; Fredonia, NY; Rhinebech, NY; Hyde Park, NY; Port Henry, NY; Utica, NY; Mohawk, NY; Fort Plain, NY; Nelliston, NY.

If you could do anything on a weekend, what would you do?

I’d visit a Victorian estate and gardens; then have dinner out at a nice restaurant.

What book and/or author are you currently reading?

Charles Dickens – Little Doritt.

If we were to listen to your iPod or sound system, what would be playing?

My tastes are eclectic – could be Traffic, any number of blues artists, classic rock, jazz or classical music.

What is your favorite television show/movie/actor?

I don’t watch TV. Really!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?

Nepal – the rooftop of the world. Also I like the Buddhist culture.

What one thing would you share that people might not know about you?

I really do enjoy my job, especially working with teenagers. Many have kept in touch with me over the years and I  enjoy hearing their life stories.