Phillips combines love of past and teaching in the present
Digging through the past is in Raechelle Phillips '06 future. Originally from Florida, Phillips transferred to Adams State College with the idea of becoming a history or social studies teacher.
Working with Dr. Richard Goddard, assistant professor of history, in the field school last summer changed her plans.
"I first noticed Rachelle when she was a student in my geography class," Goddard said. "I was immediately impressed with her maturity and her intellectual inquisitiveness."
"I found a new passion," Phillips said. "In January, I went with Goddard to an archeology conference in California and it opened the world of archeology to me. I decided to continue majoring in history, but added a minor in anthropology."
Goddard has encouraged Phillips decision.
"Dr. Goddard has gone above and beyond to help me," she said. "He helped me get into a museum studies program with the Las Animas Boggsville Museum, the oldest non-fortified settlement in Colorado, for the 2005 summer semester."
With Goddard's encouragement Phillips applied to graduate school for applied anthropology at the University of South Florida.
"Doctor Goddard and the other History, Government and Philosophy faculty choose to invest in their students," Phillips said. "They take the time to find out what their students are all about. It is the main reason I love Adams State College."
"I have come to appreciate Raechelle's ability to juggle the many diverse facets of her life and her remarkable skills at working with people," Goddard said. "And, she does all this with a smile! She is someone who is going to make a difference in the world, and I am proud to have had a small part in preparing her for that."
Phillips moved from Florida after her divorce because her parents had relocated to Salida.
"I commute from Salida to attend Adams State College," Phillips said. "My three children, Cheyenne 8, Jathan 7 and Jewelia 5 are enrolled in school and I have a support network in Salida."
Phillips will be Goddard's summer work-study in the Field School at Fort Garland which included designing the website for the Field School.
"We have 18 students registered for the school this summer," Phillips said. "Goddard wrote a grant and received funding from the Colorado Historical Society. Our field school is one of the most affordable in the nation."
Phillips said careers in applied anthropology include running museums and managing archaeological digs.
"Applied anthropology is how archaeology interacts with the public," Phillips said. "It combines my two loves, archaeology and education."