Ph.D. Lori Phillips,
South Pacific Expert
Dr. Lori Phillips currently serves as the Director of the Pacific Center for Arts and Humanities in Education (PCAHE), at PREL in Honolulu. Under her leadership, the Center, created in October 1997 offers professional development in the arts and humanities education. She is responsible for authoring the Pacific Island Alphabet Series, children-created image books in 14 Pacific languages, and Island Worlds, a film and curriculum about art of the Pacific. Dr. Phillips manages PREL’s School Improvement programs throughout the state of Hawaii and the National Endowment for the Arts Pacific Territories Programs, working with the arts councils throughout the Pacific.
Dr. Phillips was a K-12 teacher for 12 years in Hawaii. After receiving a Master’s degree in arts education and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction, she served as a professor of education at Chaminade University and the University of Hawaii. She has supervised and coached over three hundred student teachers throughout Micronesia and Polynesia.
Dr. Phillips is often chosen as a keynote speaker for Pacific culture and arts and the use of arts as an interdisciplinary vehicle to study history and culture. In 2001, Lori was honored with the Outstanding Arts Educator award by Rauchenberg Foundation.