Mark Phipps

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Some things about me...

I grew up in a small town in Southeast Michigan. I graduated from Adrian High School in 1985 and joined the U.S. Marines. During my time in the Marine Corps I traveled to Okinawa, Japan and was deployed to Operation Desert Storm in 1990. My unit lived in the desert of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Following my six years in the Marines, I completed my AA degree in Mathematics at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona. I then attended Arizona State University (ASU) where I received my BS in Specialty Construction in December, 1998. I worked more than fifteen years as a construction project manager in both specialty commercial and high-end custom residential construction before becoming a teacher.

I moved into teaching to follow my passion for mathematics and align my schedule with my children. I taught Algebra 2 and Geometry at Red Mountain HS as a long-term substitute before deciding to become a certified teacher. I started at Carson JHS as the math interventionist in 2016 and have taught 7th grade math ever since.

I love math and volleyball! I enjoy playing, watching and teaching. Being involved allows me to see the students improve, blossom and mature into the confident leaders of tomorrow. 

My math story starts very young. My grandmother spent a lot of time with me counting coins. Before Coinstar we used to roll the coins, write a phone number on the side of the roll, sign it and turn the rolls into the bank. We explored math constantly which gave me an advantage. By the time I was in 6th grade I tutored students through 8th grade at our local library.

My history in construction was impacted by my math understanding. I worked in project management dealing with numbers in labor relations, project planning, purchasing, estimating and more on a daily basis. My love for math makes everything easier. I want to help students find this same joy for math and use it to amplify their potential and change the stigma that math receives from outdated teaching techniques experienced by those who came before us.

I found volleyball in high school, when my friend and I played volleyball at our local YMCA a few nights each week (with the adults). I later played on the Marine base team in Yuma. We traveled to tournaments in California and learned about the advantages of starting early and living near the beach. After playing beach volleyball in my twenties, I was away from the sport until my oldest daughter tried out and made a team at Dobson. It was like I rediscovered an old friend living in my neighborhood. I transitioned into both teaching and coaching at that time.

My CAP II training through USA Volleyball has helped me tailor my approach to building the whole person, instead of just the athlete. MYV was my first opportunity to coach in Mesa. Girls from that spring 2016 team, a combined group of Rhodes and Summit student athletes, have graduated from high school. I remember telling the girls that I didn’t care if they went to Rhodes or Summit because they were all going to be Mustangs and needed to be teammates and friends. It was a fun experience that I will always treasure. 

At Dobson I now volunteer coach five Mesa Youth teams per season. I facilitate practices while teaching parents and former students to work with our younger students at games. I referee and guide learning during games as a site director at Carson. Due to the popularity of our combined practices, we’ve filled our gym with learning and fun while we play the sport we love. Our culture continues to evolve on our RIZO Volleyball Club teams. RIZO allows players to enjoy volleyball and their friendships throughout the year, beyond the limit of a school season.

I feel so thankful sharing both my love for math during the day and volleyball after school. I often even get to tutor players on their math while their team is not playing! I love that teaching and coaching are the same to me and my life feels rich. My philosophy is: “Better Every Day.” 

Make yours a great day and get better today!