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Anonymous
4 years ago

...I was fortunate to have Mrs. Phillips as my "Western Civ" (Western Civilization...before "They" re-named it, erroneously, "World History") teacher...Rolling Hills High School...2nd Period...1969-70. She was a wonderful lady and a very good teacher...I learned a lot about the Roman Empire in her class! God rest her and keep her family...Best, ...--John "Jeff" Bass, RHHS '72

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10 years ago

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Jenny Fan
10 years ago

I was a student in Mrs. Phillips' World History class sophomore year, and was so intrigued and amazed by her teaching that I followed up with Art History AP after school and European History AP the next year. I also traveled with Mrs.Phillips to Italy on her art tour. Mrs. Philips introduced me to so much, both in academics and more importantly, in life. I still remember the blue exam books Mrs. Phillips passed out, her gentle but firm pushing of each student to do her best, her way of highlighting each students' accomplishments without making others feel bad. She didn't just teach us - she illuminated the power of knowledge for us. I think of her so often - when come across amazing art, when I read about a historical figure, even just when I eat gelato and remember our art history trips to downtown LA. I once lost my car keys and had to wait hours for the AAA to come and tow my car and replace the key. My parents weren't in town, and I had no one else to turn to. It was a cold afternoon. Mrs. Phillips opened the doors of her big boat of a station wagon to me, and we sat in the front seat sharing a loaf of challah for hours waiting for the car mechanics to arrive. She wasn't just a teacher, she was a great mentor and friend. I will miss her dearly. Jenny Fan Raj PVPHS 2000

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I often think of Mrs. Phillips and I wish that I had known of the celebration of her life held just earlier this month. She was our yearbook advisor thru to 1970, and she was powerful and insightful person as she guided those of us involved in the production of the yearbook (2 periods - copy & production) and the newspaper. She was tough and pushed us to be our best. It was not the same my last year when she retired as advisor. She had selected me as Editor-In-Chief for senior year and she sat me down and told me what my weakness and strengths were and what problems lay ahead for me. Our new advisor was young and unfortunately did not have the savvy or experience to do the job. We all wanted Mrs. Phillips back as advisor. I have a lot of respect for her and I know that she made a big difference in my life and goals.

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I often think of Mrs. Phillips and I wish that I had known of the celebration of her life held just earlier this month. She was our yearbook advisor thru to 1970, and she was powerful and insightful person as she guided those of us involved in the production of the yearbook (2 periods - copy & production) and the newspaper. She was tough and pushed us to be our best. It was not the same my last year when she retired as advisor. She had selected me as Editor-In-Chief for senior year and she sat me down and told me what my weakness and strengths were and what problems lay ahead for me. Our new advisor was young Sandy Plant , who unfortunately did not have the savvy or experience to do the job. We all wanted Mrs. Phillips back as advisor. I have a lot of respect for her and I know that she made a big difference in my life and goals.

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Mrs. Jill Verenkoff
11 years ago

Come and celibrate the life of Adrienne Phillips on June 4th, 2010 @ 3 PM. We will meet @ the Peninsula High School Amplitheatre. Share photos and fond memories as we dedicate a plaque in her honor. For further information, contact Jill Verenkoff @ (310) 377-4888 Ext. 631.

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Lilly Irani
11 years ago

I was thinking of visiting fabulous Mrs Phillips and found this page. I'm so sad to hear of her passing. She was a huge inspiration. I took World History H and EHAP with her. I actually stood in line at the counselor's office freshman year to switch into her class because I heard she was difficult but awesome. She set really high standards and made fun of herself to terrorize us into meeting them, forcing us to surpass our own expectations. She was someone who really cared about because she really cared about the world, about different cultures, and about human understanding. Everything she did echoed with this passion and intensity. I wish Mrs Phillips was still around so I could come by, tell her what I've been up to, and pick her brain on my dissertation work on design between the US and India. I took a strange path, studying computer science and design, working as a software designer, and then returning to a PhD program to open those technical fields up to a political, cultural, and historical analysis. They took me out of Mrs Phillips class but, at this point on the wandering path, they couldn't take the Mrs Phillips out of me. I wish I could have met up with her, caught up, and thanked her again. One more fond and hilarious memory. Paul Hackwell and I visited her while were in college sometime around 2001. She greeted us excitedly and put scantrons into our hands. On another visit, she put me in her class and made me teach her freshmen Crane-Brinton charts. She was an epic force, keeping everyone engaged, involved, and on their toes -- even the post-graduates! Lilly Irani Class of 1998

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Esther Kim
11 years ago

I have many powerful memories of Mrs. Phillips and of my time in EHAP. Taking that class was the best decision I made in high school; the lessons I learned in her classroom will stay with me my entire life. To this day, I remember the definition of history and it bugs the heck out of me when I meet people who can't create a decent outline. I think of her every time I see a Jean Plaidy novel or watch Jeopardy (it was a running joke in our class that Mrs. Phillips should try out for the show). I'm lucky to have been her student and I miss her. Thank you Mrs. Phillips. Love, Esther Kim Class of 2003

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My fondest memories of Mrs. Phillips are from travelling with her to Hungary in the summer of 1996. I marvel at how Mrs. Phillips was able to squeeze so much expereince into four weeks. She had an incredible knack for balancing meaningful learning experiences with fun, silliness and of course, gelato! More than anything, Mrs. Phillips inspired me at a young age to venture beyond my comfort zone in an effort to gain a greater understanding of the world and human kind. I thank her for her passion, her endless energy, her sense of humor and more than anything, for sharing so much of herself. I feel truly blessed to have known her.

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andy solgere
11 years ago

My thanks to the Phillips Family for sharing her with us. I had Mrs Phillips AP History class in the late 70s. Her 'joy' for teaching and inspiring was evident. I teach college now and hope to be as effective as was the teacher my mom called "brilliant." andy solgere RHHS 1980

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Timothy Pu-Folkes
11 years ago

Adrienne traveled with us to Myanmar as one of the facilitators in 2004. We worked with teachers at Yangon University. She brought to us her vitality, great energy, and newer ways of viewing the world. I enjoyed (and still do) learning about and using her method of creating illustrated travel journals. We will miss her.

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Rebecca Landon Tzou
11 years ago

RHHS, Class of 1980 Mrs. Phillips never accepted second best from any student. There is a big push in my neck of the woods: Montgomery County, MD to have "No Child Left Behind" in the public schools. Mrs. P could have been one of the first very strong proponents of this philosophy. She always demanded the best ... and never backed down from the standards that she thought her kids were capable of reaching. Thank you for all of your hard work -- it paid off for all of us and we are in your debt. I know you are looking down on your family, friends and past students and saying -- "My hard work paid off. The world is a better place for my efforts." And, it is. With deep respect and gratitude, Rebecca (Beckie) Landon Tzou

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Nina Ahn
11 years ago

I was one of Mrs. Phillips students about ten years ago. I can't believe it's been that long since I've seen her. Her image lives so large in my memory. I took World History Honors, EHAP and Art History from her. I was her TA for a semester and went to Poland and Czech Republic with her (and her lovely, vivacious daughter Katherine) on a foreign exchange trip. I am so very sorry to hear of her passing. I'm so sad I was never able to tell her what an impact she had on my life. Yes, it was she who taught me to me how to be an excellent student. It was her intense lectures that made me fall in love with history. She challenged me like no other teacher did, before or since. But I will always be grateful to her for three things, most of all: She taught me to write. She demonstrated to me an unflinching standard of integrity. And she taught me to look outward, beyond my own experience, to care for those that were forgotten, in history, yes, but also in the here and now. I am so thankful to her and I miss her.

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Mark Beaston
11 years ago

I was lucky to have Mrs. Phillips for Western Civilization class my freshman year at RHHS 1976. I remember very clearly her energetic lessons regarding the reasons for the fall of the Roman Empire. She cared dearly about her students' work and progress in her class. I've been a teacher now for the past 21 years, and I will try my best to put forth as much effort as she did for her students. Thank you Mrs. Phillips!

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Justin Kao
11 years ago

Like so many others have shared, Mrs. Phillips was an incredible teacher and one of the most influential in my life. More than anything else, she taught me to write a timed essay. Structure, organization, and clarity - you couldn't get out of Mrs. Phillips' World History or EHAP class without that. Years later, that training has been invaluable. After EHAP, I saw a different side of Mrs. Phillips when I led her MUN simulations and went back to visit after graduating. She always had endless energy, and always pushed me to do more. I remember how she kept "asking" me how I was going to meld my writing skills with my scientific studies - and by asking, I mean that she (quite forcefully) told me that I should not forget about writing. She deeply wanted the political debate over scientific issues to become more educated, and never stopped reminding me of the need for interdisciplinary thinkers. Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, for changing my life. You made this world a better place and I hope that I can do the same.

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Teresa Lin
11 years ago

I took it for granted that you would always be there. You are the best kind of teacher because you taught us by example, with your passion for learning and impatience with mediocrity. I remember feeling like I could never live up to your expectations, until I realized (many many years later) that what really mattered was having the courage to define and fulfill my own expectations. I have a little daughter now, and I hope that one day she will come across a Mrs. Phillips of her own, someone who will draw out the best that is in her, and give her the tools to live up to her own expectations. Anne Lamott said "Laughter is the effervescent form of holiness." I think of you when I hear that. I will miss you, Mrs. P, always. Teresa Lin RHHS 1991

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William Thorn
11 years ago

Adrienne and I came to RHHS the same year, 1966, and we shared the next few years together sharing a classroom and advising student publications. Adrienne oversaw The Delphian yearbook, and I advised The Titan yearbook. We came to be close friends and teaching partners as we supported each other in the difficult moments, celebrated the many successes, and battled to defend student press rights in the district. We kept touch through the years, and renewing our friendship on trips to California was a real joy. She was a master teacher whose sage advice shaped my own teaching career. Bill Thorn Chairman, Dept. of Journalism Marquette University

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Ellen Zuckerman
11 years ago

Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, for inspiring and challenging us all to better students personally and academically. I have many fond memories of the time we spent together in Australia and New Zealand and know your legacy will carry on!

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Larry Chan
11 years ago

I last saw Mrs. Phillips back in 2004 after I had moved back to the South Bay. We met for coffee at Starbucks in Redondo Beach. She looked great, and we had a wonderful time reminiscing about the high school days. I’ve had many teachers/professors in my life, but Mrs. Phillips is, by far, the most inspiring teacher I’ve had. To this day, I continue to have a deep appreciation for history and art. She will be missed by all who are privileged to have been taught by such an amazing and dedicated teacher. Larry Chan RHHS 1991

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David Ha
11 years ago

Mrs. Phillips may be one of the few true teachers out there in the world today. Most teachers would simply regurgitate material from the textbook. Most teachers don't even really enjoy teaching, and even the ones that enjoy teaching don't really care that much about their students. I never did understand Mrs. Phillips' passion for EHAP and her students. She seemed genuinely concerned that her students did not perform to her expectations. If she had the ability to do so, she wanted to talk to each student individually and help them; that was the dedication she had to her students. Also, unlike most teachers, she brought life experiences into the class that really touched each of the students. We didn't just learn facts, we understood them. I must admit, as well as all other EHAPPERs would, that we were all irritated with Mrs. Phillips at one point. Redos on almost all my outlines, and redoing the redos at least 3-4 times. Her comments on my timelines stung and i was always frustrated. If the class didn't know an answer she asked, she didn't tell us, she told us to go home and read it. I remember once I had a migraine and asked to go to the health office. She said no, that we had no time for migraines in an AP course. Angry i went back to my seat, but the material i learned on that day, helped me to pass my FRQ the very next day. To this day, I am still trying to understand Mrs. Phillips. While battling cancer, and having trouble with diminishing eyesight and weak wrists, she graded all our essays as well as commenting on them. When she was taken to the hospital, she spoke with Mrs. Noble on a daily basis to make sure we would still obtain the proper education. She truly loved her students, and every EHAPPER can agree that EHAP class was like a family and everyone loved it. Sure it sucked to go home and find out ur timeline was due the next day. But we all suffered together. She has really affected a lot of people positively. Both in their academic lives as well their everyday social and mental lives. With much love and thanks, David Ha

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Alex Davidson
11 years ago

Well, I will always remember Mrs. Phillips as the teacher who taught me how to write. Were it not for her, how should we put it, clever way of getting us to care about a five-paragraph essay, I wouldn't be the journalist that I am today. I also share memories of Mrs. Phillips running around her house looking for papers, keys, wallets, anything that involved her getting out of the house in a timely fashion. When Kathy and I would just be sitting around watching tv, Mrs. Phillips would be like a four-year-old running around the house - it was great! I will miss Mrs. Phillips and her remarkable energy for all things history. She was a great asset to the community and will be greatly missed.

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Letizia Monacelli
11 years ago

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Lillian Tsai
11 years ago

As great a loss as this is for all of Mrs. Phillips' students, my clearest memories of Mrs. Phillips are the times I saw her interact with her daughter, Kathy. There was so much joy and love between them, so much of that silliness and laughter that I rarely got to see as just a student. I remember in World History, we worked on a group project together at Kathy's house, and it felt devious to be working on Mrs. Phillips' assignment in Mrs. Phillips' house. But, at home, she was just Kathy's mom. I think she even served us snacks. She was probably grading papers too, but I just didn't notice, because I was 15 years old and working on what was the hardest assignment in my life at that point. I will be forever grateful to Mrs. Phillips for her encouragement and teaching, her toughness and tenacity. She touched many lives, and her children and family should be incredibly proud of her legacy. With much love, Lillian Tsai PVPHS 1997

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Laura Sue
11 years ago

Thinking of Mrs. Phillips brings back many memories: frantic pop quizzes in freshman world history; EHAP books that we referred to as MEH, McKay, and Palmer; the epic EHAP timeline completed in VERY small print; intense research to write an art history “term paper”; and, of course, stopping for ice cream after each field trip. During our 2000 Australia/New Zealand trip, I could not keep track of the number of times we ate ice cream—it seemed like (at least) once every day! To this day, my parents and I still fondly recall Mrs. Phillips touting the great merits of fleece and arriving at the airport for our exchange trip at the last minute, just in time to lead us on our adventure. Most of all, I will remember Mrs. Phillips for her endless energy and unwavering dedication to her students. Laura Sue PVPHS Class of ‘02

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Rod Paulsen
11 years ago

Mrs. Phillips, Your passion inspired me. From your guidance on trips to Ireland and Poland to your search for truth in the classroom, you taught me that to settle for an answer is to waste the potential for a better answer later. This responsibility to question has lead me to St. John's college. I love it here, and I thank you for instilling in me the desire to better understand the world. Love, Rod Paulsen

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Farzad Mashhood
11 years ago

Mrs. Phillips was an awesome teacher and more importantly an awesome. I can't say enough about this person and the stories told at her memorial can speak more than anything I have to say. It's so special to see and be part of the Mrs. Phillips' EHAP class and see her dedication. Who else is dedicated enough to have a full AP exam in January and have it graded within a couple days? Nobody, that's who. You're really gonna be missed, Mrs. P. With love, Farzad p.s. I chose the sports car because I've seen you drive and... well... yeah.

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Farzad Mashhood
11 years ago

Whoa, I still can't write right. First sentence... Mrs. Phillips was an awesome teacher and more importantly an awesome person.

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Allen Huang
11 years ago

Mrs. Phillips taught me so many things beyond European History.. She taught me how to pack for trips, infected me with a love for gelato, and inspired me through her superhuman will. When I first started high school as a freshman, Mrs. Phillips' name was spoken in hushed tones as an unimaginably tough teacher. I was relieved not to get her as my World History teacher, but taking European History with her the following year was perhaps my best decision in high school. Never had I been so challenged, but taken so much away from a class and teacher. Her energy was incredible, guiding me through a trip in Australia, a fantastic year in M-4, and an exhausting stint as a TA for her. Thank you for being my most inspiring, most idiosyncratic, and most passionate teacher, Mrs. Phillips. Allen Huang PVPHS '02

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11 years ago

I met Adrianne Phillips in 1966 the year she came to Rolling Hills High School. She was the journalism teacher and publications advisor those first couple of years at RHHS. As assistant editor on the Delphian Yearbook Staff I worked closely with her for two years. Twenty five years later, my daughter, Katie, as a student at Palos Verdes Peninsula High School traveled to Italy with Adrianne on one of her exchange programs. Please know that she touched both of our lives in positive ways that helped us become the people we are today. Fondly, Joanne Jabuka D'Amico

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What can I say about Mrs. Phillips that hasn’t already been said? When I heard of her passing, it saddened me greatly that the world will now be without one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. Judging by the comments posted to this site and from my own experiences with this remarkable woman, she truly touched thousands of people’s lives. Wouldn’t we all be so lucky to leave this life knowing what a profound effect we had on so many people? I hope she knew. It was my privilege to have Mrs. Phillips for World History Honors in ’91-’92. She was by far the most challenging teacher I had throughout my high school years but she was also the fairest and most enthusiastic too. I don’t think I ever studied and worked harder for any other class than hers but I was richly rewarded for doing so. She taught me how to write; she taught me how to study; she taught me how to think but most importantly, she taught me how to be a better person. She instilled such a strong work ethic in me during my time in her class; it has carried me throughout my life. I was also fortunate enough to participate in her Italian Exchange program to Latina, Italy in 1992. Here I was this shy, introverted girl that all of a sudden wanted to travel to Italy and live with an Italian family for two weeks. My parents were shocked. But I owe my decision for signing up to Mrs. Phillips who basically sold the virtues of the program to me. And it was one of the best decisions of my life. It gave me the confidence to study abroad in college and to live in London for several years post college. For these experiences and for the self-belief that I can do anything, I am truly grateful. My heart goes out to her family in this sad time but I hope that these heartfelt comments have lifted their spirits. It is with regret that I could not say these words to Mrs. Philips herself but I feel fortunate to be able to write something in her honor. I can honestly say that I was the lucky one to have encountered her on my life's journey. May you rest in peace. Alyson Gray McFerson PVPHS, Class of '95

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Ida Yalzadeh
11 years ago

Ms. Phillips, Thank you for opening up my eyes to the world. For taking me to new and exciting places where I learned that there is so much more to life than the confines of this small hill. Whenever I travel I will think of you. And you can be sure I will never forget to take my money belt with me. I miss you. Ida Yalzadeh PVPHS Class of 2010

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Jerry Gaines
11 years ago

Mrs. Phllips was one of our key faculty members for most of the years Rolling Hills High School was in existence, and then when we became Palos Verdes Peninsula High School. She was known to be so busy that the Palos Verdes Estates Fire Department had to assist her in getting to a hospital when two of her children were born! She was fun to exchange thoughts with and will be missed by all of us who worked with her as faculty members. Jerry Gaines - RHHS & PVPHS Faculty Member 1965-2002

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Debbie Lubin
11 years ago

I have known Adrienne since she was little girl, when her mother married my uncle. She was a beautiful and delightful child with whom our family spent many weekends and holidays. Her mom, a brilliant and worldly woman, passed on many of her capabilities to Adrienne, who posessed these amazing qualities, but in addition, many unique attributes. She was a supermom, supereducator, loving and devoted wife & friend, organizer, fighter, multitasker, care taker.--and the list is endless. In spite of seemingly unattainable goals and odds, she accomplished & lived a very full life, and has now reached the unreachable star, from where she is shining down on all of us. Love & peace, Cousin Debbie Lubin

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When I first walked into Mrs. Phillips' classroom sophomore year of high school, an overwhelmingly positive energy was immediately apparent (despite the freezing cold air conditioning she blasted to keep her students awake!) Mrs. Phillips forever changed my way of thinking and helped me develop a passion for history and art. I took her EHAP and Art History classes, and had the privilege of being a TA for her World History class. Mrs. Phillips had a way of peaking the intellectual curiosity of her students, and challenged us to achieve our full potential. Because of her, I took numerous history classes in college, but none measured up to EHAP. Mrs. Phillips: I will forever remember your love of teaching and your dedication to your students. You will be missed.

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Jackie Marcott
11 years ago

Mrs. Phillips was perhaps one of the most passionate people I have ever met in my entire life. I took her European History class my sophomore year at Peninsula High School and was captivated by her lecturing on the various angles from which we could view events throughout the 600 years of history we studied. Every lecture, every conversation I had with her further revealed how much she enjoyed her profession as well as her love for history itself. It is because of Mrs. Phillips that I love history so much. She made me realize how in depth and captivating it could be. She will be missed. I send my sincerest condolences to her family. She is part of the reason I am studying history and government at Cornell University today, my dream school. Thank you for everything Mrs. Phillips.

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Amanda Gordon
12 years ago

We never actually saw her walking. She ran everywhere she went, clutching her piles of books and papers in her arm as she charged full force into life. Mrs. Phillips threw herself completely into the moment of helping, guiding, challenging, and opening us to opportunities we never could have had on our own. She inspired us all to be better people--learn more, ask more, work hard, and follow your heart. Thank you, Mrs. Phillips, for shaping my life and showing me what can be possible. You will always be my most extraordinary teacher. Amanda Gordon PVPHS '94

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Dear Mrs Phillips, You were amongst those special teachers who made my years memorable at Rolling Hills High School. I consider myself very fortunate to have been one of your many many students. That was 23 years ago. Being able to reach you telephonically last year made many of those souvenirs come back. So long and thank you !

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Amy
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Amy
12 years ago

ehap 03-04 :)

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Amy
12 years ago

last day of school in 2006

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luisella
12 years ago

I'll never forget you .I still remember the first time I met you in front of the school,we were younger ,full of energy and it was our first adventure in Italy.Howard was your Principal and all together we organized an unforgettable school exchange .Well ,a lot of time has gone from then and we still have been in touch for years .I remember every moment spent with you and with your family too,even the fights we had many times because of your continuous hyperactivity .Last we met was two years ago and together we spent a part of my American trip together and ,again,I had the opportunity to appreciate your generosity and your sincere friendship.I want to remember you like that : smiling and eating an icecream at the Pantheon in Rome .So I have to tell you good bye my friend or as you called me ,my Italian -American sister ,and thank you for everything you have done and given to me.Luisella

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luisella
12 years ago

I'll never forget you .I still remember the first time I met you in front of the school,we were younger ,full of energy and it was our first adventure in Italy.Howard was your Principal and all together we organized an unforgettable school exchange .Well ,a lot of time has gone from then and we still have been in touch for years .I remember every moment spent with you and with your family too,even the fights we had many times because of your continuous hyperactivity .Last we met was two years ago and together we spent a part of my American trip together and ,again,I had the opportunity to appreciate your generosity and your sincere friendship.I want to remember you like that : smiling and eating an icecream at the Pantheon in Rome .So I have to tell you good bye my friend or as you called me ,my Italian -American sister ,and thank you for everything you have done and given to me.Luisella

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luisella
12 years ago

I'll never forget you .I still remember the first time I met you in front of the school,we were younger ,full of energy and it was our first adventure in Italy.Howard was your Principal and all together we organized an unforgettable school exchange .Well ,a lot of time has gone from then and we still have been in touch for years .I remember every moment spent with you and with your family too,even the fights we had many times because of your continuous hyperactivity .Last we met was two years ago and together we spent a part of my American trip together and ,again,I had the opportunity to appreciate your generosity and your sincere friendship.I want to remember you like that : smiling and eating an icecream at the Pantheon in Rome .So I have to tell you good bye my friend or as you called me ,my Italian -American sister ,and thank you for everything you have done and given to me.Luisella

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Silvia Pascoli
12 years ago

Adrienne was an extraordinary person with a great heart, strong beliefs, infinite energy and an uncommon understanding of other cultures. I will always remember Adrienne for her help, kindness and heart. Adrienne was always ready to help people. When I went to live in Los Angeles from Europe in 2002, she hosted me in her house and she helped me so much in adjusting to a very different situation: a big city, a different culture, a new job. I still remember when, on the very first evening I arrived, she took me around Palos Verdes to show me how to get home and not get lost. The police followed us and stopped us as they could not understand why a car would wonder around Palos Verdes at midnight! Adrienne could understand the difficulties I was encountering as European living in California. She had a very broad perspective on the world and a great interest in traveling and meeting other cultures. She has many friends in Europe and in Italy. People with whom she shared a common vision of the world and the same meaning of friendship. Long lasting and very close friends despite the long distances. And she wanted to give the opportunity to her students to broaden their horizons and took them to Europe for exchanges with other high schools. She came few times to Italy for these. These trips were very tiring and a great responsability for Adrienne but she was happy to take this challenge because she believed that her students could learn a lot from these experiences and grow to be better persons. I think that for most of her former students Adrienne played an important role in their personal growth. I still remember when, in preparation to the trip to Europe, she taught her students not only the big themes of European history but also how to pack their suitcase for the trip. Adrienne was a Teacher in the highest sense of the term. A person who had a vocation to help others to learn and to grow as persons. In one of the last emails, she wrote me "Is a teacher ever done with teaching?????" Adrienne was so full of energy. I was always amazed by the number of things she could do. The most extraordinary thing was that her illnesses would not be a boundary for her. She would teach and travel and always be busy. I had a wonderful time with Adrienne in Los Angeles. Adrienne, I will miss you. I will always remember your help, kindness, heart and energy.

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Annabel
12 years ago

Mrs. Phillips indelibly shaped my view of the world around me. It was a great privilege to have been in her World History, EHAP, and Art History classes. Our Art History field trips through Los Angeles to see the Wright Home and other sights throughout the city remains one of my most cherished memories of Los Angeles. (Of course, we had to pull the bus over for some gelato!). Several of my classmates and good friends from 1999 also had the incredible opportunity to tag along with her on our grand European summer trip: Paris to London to Budapest to Brugge to Sienna to Salzburg to some lake in Poland. While we had the times of our lives just soaking in the cities, we also appreciated the journey with a sense of the history and art about us. By the end of the trip, we could count-off with military precision, identify the best gelaterias, and fend off pick pocketers! Thank you Mrs. Phillips. I am greatly indebted to you.

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Louise
12 years ago

When I was assigned to teach EHAP I felt totally inadequate and overwhelmed. The first year was a "baptism by fire" as it was instant immersion without training. Daily I went to the list server for direction and clarifications. Soon I had a mentor in Adrienne, whom I contacted off site. Her generosity of spirit, professional courtesy and ongoing affirmations became "the wind beneath my wings." Adrienne was about empowerment of colleagues and students. She challenged herself and others to a quest for personal excellence. +Blessings

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Jane Lin
12 years ago

I dreaded EHAP... essays, charts, timelines, endless hours of reading and note taking, and those DBQs... Yet, EHAP was one of the most rewarding classes I’ve ever taken. Mrs. Phillips shared her passion and enriched so many young minds. She did not just teach history; she brought history to life. It’s been 17 years since EHAP, and the one binder I kept from high school is that of Mrs. Phillips’ class. Somehow, I never had the heart to recycle those European and world history notes and timelines. Mrs. Phillips was an incredible and unforgettable teacher. Many will miss her dearly, including me.

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Stephen McCarthy
12 years ago

I never met Adrienne in person, but enjoyed her input, passion for the subject and her students as well as her unfailing wit on the AP European history list serve. You will be missed but you have touched so many lives that there should be comfort for her family in that.

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Mary T McCullagh
12 years ago

AS a teacher of APEH, Adrienne's suggestions, advice, ideas and example provided guidance and support. Her comments and experience helped countless other APEH teachers succeed and their students learn as well as they can.

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Niki Noe
12 years ago

I never quite understood Mrs. Phillips' love for us. She constantly told us that we were the worst EHAP class she has ever had, and she constantly criticized our work that we had spent hours, if not the whole night on. Before I had met Mrs. Phillips, I never realized the importance of learning. Sure, I knew that learning meant education which meant the importance of good grades which eventually led to a good college. I never truly thought about the esscence of learning, that is, until I met Mrs. Phillips for EHAP. I remember i asked many former EHAP students during my Freshman year, asking them to describe the course and the amount of work that was expected. Each and every one of them told me how Mrs. Phillips expected pain and sweat from every one of her students and nothing less. However, at the same time, everyone told me that signing up for the class was one of the best decisions that they had made and that I would feel the same way. I remember that when the time ahd come for the following year's course requests, I had written down "EHAP" on my course list, then immediately erased it, scared becuase of the hard work that I was expected to do, and the fear of failing the class. However, I am truly glad that I didn't erase it. People were right, it was the best decision I had ever made thus far in my life.. As the year went on, I certainly did struggle, trying to get ahead in the reading then immediatly falling behind. I had to struggle for be on top of things becuase of the gruelling work. I also remember the many times that I regretted taking EHAP throughout the year, wondering why I ever took the course. However, all of this has changed. I now realize how much Mrs. Phillips has impacted my life. The never-ending timelines, and the infamous Europe map have all taught me a lesson about life. After reflecting back on my tears after low objective scores, and my sweat after redo-ing the endless outlines, I can now finallly understand her love for each and every one of her students. To say that to say Mrs. Phillips was the best teacher ever is an understatement. Her passion, and love for her students cannot be expressed into words and I am truly blessed to have been a part of her last class and to have met the one and only, Mrs. Phillips. Thank you for everything, Mrs. Phillips. Love, Niki Noe EHAP 2008=2009