Phil Germakian: 2nd-3rd Grade Teacher

Teaching Philosophy:

As a teacher, I am responsible for providing my students with as many opportunities as possible to be successful.  It is my goal to develop responsible members of society who have the tools to become successful citizens of the world.  I try my best to give my students that chance by valuing and developing the following traits: collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and character.

Through my teaching practice, I do my best to build those five traits by challenging my students.  Overcoming challenges leads to growth.  Although, in order for students to step up to those challenges, a life-long love of learning must first be developed.  I try to achieve this by learning who my students are, valuing their contributions, and allowing them to have a voice in their own learning.  Understanding what my students are passionate about and allowing that to guide their work, will develop a love for learning and lead to a richer learning experience for all.

Why Running River?

The Running River School does an excellent job of balancing and addressing the needs of the whole child.  Their approach to teaching and learning matches my own by equally valuing the emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of children.  Also, the inclusion of direct experiences in nature through outdoor recreation and other place-based education practices is vital.  Most schools do not support this connection to place and environment, which is why I am thrilled to be teaching at the Running River School.


Bank Street College of Education
Master of Science in Education, May 2010
Concentration: Childhood and Museum Education

University of New Hampshire
Bachelor of Science, May 2006
Concentration: Wildlife Management

Teaching and Coaching Certifications:

Colorado Teaching License: Elementary Education (K-6)
New York Professional Teaching Certificate: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
USA Track and Field Level-1 Certified Coach

Professional Experience:

2012-2013: The Dalton School (New York, NY): Associate Science Teacher

2009-2012: Fieldston Lower School (Bronx, NY): Third Grade Assistant Teacher

2007-2009: Tenafly Nature Center (Tenafly, NJ): Environmental Educator

2006-2007: Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx, NY): Bronx Zoo Teaching Fellow

Other Experience:

2012-2013: Assistant Athletics Coach (The Dalton School)
Varsity Cross-Country
Varsity Wrestling

2010-2013: Founder and Director of the Lost Brook Trail Race
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2010-2013: Mountain Peak Fitness / Campmor Trail Running Team Member
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2010-2011: Boy Scouts of America: Associate Venture Crew Leader

Spring 2009: American Museum of Natural History: Education Internship

Spring 2008: Earthwatch Institute: Educator Fellowship Award