Phil has an established track record leading school reform and building positive community and school relationships. The Center for Digital Education and Converge magazine named him one of its Top 50 Innovators in Education. Under his leadership, Clarke County was honored as Georgia’s top large school district for closing the achievement gap, as well as a model technology school district. But perhaps his most significant triumph is the partnership established between Clarke County School District and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens.
From the day I met Phil, three years ago, it was clear he was committed to improving kids’ lives. Not only during the school day, but also during out-of-school time. He speaks with passion about expanding the district’s partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Athens because of its impact on local kids and families. Phil has also appeared at several Boys & Girls Club conferences to speak about the force multiplier effect a school-Club partnership can have on kids’ lives.
Phil has committed his life to making a difference for kids, just as Clubs do every day. He is a staunch supporter of the work we do and deserving of this high honor. On behalf of the Boys & Girls Club Movement, our congratulations and appreciation go out to Phil for his contributions and commitment to young people. In Phil’s own words, “What matters most is doing the right thing for kids every day.”