Mr. Phillip Chow grew up in Orange County and is a proud K-12 graduate of the Tustin Unified School District. After graduating from Beckman High School, Mr. Chow received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences, Single Subject Teaching Credential in Biology and his Master’s Degree in Teaching Biology from the University of California, Irvine.
Mr. Chow has taught College Prep Biology and Honors Biology at Beckman High School since 2012. Each day, he comes to work excited because he loves to teach, and he absolutely loves what he is teaching. One of Mr. Chow’s favorite teaching quotes by William Butler Yeats is, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire.” Students in Mr. Chow’s biology courses never know what they are going to get. One day Mr. Chow might be performing an inquiry based demonstration of Elephant Toothpaste to show the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide, another day he might be facilitating an active review competition called Science Basketball or he might even be serenading his students to the latest hit songs with rewritten lyrics from the science content covered. All in all, his ultimate goal is to get students to love learning in his classroom and he will do anything it takes to do so.
Mr. Chow has a passion for giving back to his community that has given so much to him. He is the co-advisor of Key Club which provides high school students with community service opportunities and has personally served with the Kiwanis Foundation since 2004. In addition, each year, Mr. Chow volunteers his time as a guest lecturer at UC Irvine, Orange Coast College and the City of Irvine High School Leadership Summit.
Currently, Mr. Chow is working in the lab of Nikolas Nikolaidis at California State University, Fullerton. The on-going project is to determine whether specific mutations (found in different humans) alter the stability and the function of a molecular chaperone protein. Through this opportunity, it is Mr. Chow’s desire to learn new laboratory ideas, apply it to his high school teaching and share it with his school’s science department.