MASTER TEACHER: PHILIP W HICKEY (1976-2018)
Philip W. Hickey
Well, I am the only member of that gang left from 1976. That means I get to talk about me -- not. Suffice to say, here’s Barbara-- as in O’Shaugnessy, a past parent whose five children attended Graland:
“Outrageously irreverent, piously conservative, stubbornly radical, or hilariously eccentric, all in the space of an hour. An enigma, to be sure. A gentle mercurial man, passionate about his vocation. No student of Phil Hickey ever fails to be engaged in a classroom. He teaches, he entertains, he cares deeply about his kids. Completely dedicated to his profession, he is a dying breed.
“Not only is Phil a rare person, but he is also a rare teacher. He brings passion to his classroom in unusual and creative ways. He can get pretty animated about dangling participles and independent clauses, but what student could ever forget a prepositional phrase after Mr. Hickey. . . jumped on the desk, ran around the desk, and crawled under the desk. He is an experience no student should miss.”
By the way, dangling participles may be cool, but it is the rules of verb-subject agreement that make me smile. Remember, folks: EACH IS SINGULAR.
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.