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Teacher Interview- Mr. Phil Bohlen

Teacher Interview: Gracie Page


Elbert County High School recently awarded “Teacher of the Year” for the 2017-18 school year. The honor was given to Mr. Phil Bohlen in the Math Department. I recently conducted an interview to ask Mr. Bohlen a few questions regarding his teaching career and this honor.


How long have you been teaching?

-Since 1982.  First in North Carolina (82-91) then ECCHS (1991- present).

How would you describe your teaching style?

-Give examples, provide guidance and help students work independently.

Have you always taught math, and have you ever considered teaching any other subject?

-Only math and nothing else.

What was your reaction to being awarded Teacher of the Year?

-Honored that my colleagues gave me this honor.  It is special this time due to the fact that my daughter received the same honor of Teacher of the Year for Temple High School in Carroll County, GA where she teaches AP American Literature.

How has your teaching experience been at ECCHS?

-There have been days that have been the greatest joy I could imagine and other days when I do not know how I will make it to the next day.  However, the students have shown me more good days than bad days.

Do you plan to continue teaching much longer or do you have other plans following this year?

-I will be retiring at the end of this year and be leaving Elbert County to live in the city with our daughter.


On the behalf of the Journalism Staff, we would like to congratulate Mr. Bohlen on this well deserved honor and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors!