Phil Deutschle Personal Resume
During college, after a spell working in a bathroom-fixtures factory, Phil Deutschle made a pledge to myself that from then on he would only take jobs that were so fun, rewarding, or socially important that he would be willing to do them for free. Since then, that self-imposed pact has taken him around the world twice, working almost exclusively among society's fringe elements: impoverished students in Asia and Africa, handicapped kids in Denmark, drug addicts in California, remote-dwelling children in the Navajo Nation, and currently migrant high schoolers in central California. He likens the world to a giant smorgasbord—he has difficulty staying in one place for very long, and he’s been quoted as saying, "One of life's great challenges is to get from one end to the other without getting bored in the middle."
JOB & LIFE EXPERIENCES
Peace Corps Volunteer, Aiselukharka Secondary School, Nepal— Teaching math and science all in Nepali Language (chronicled in The Two Year Mountain). Neot Mordechai Kibbutz, Israel— Volunteer apple-picker and dish-washer. Brohaven Fritidshjem (Youth Center), Denmark— Counselor, integrating activities with multi-handicapped children (all in Danish language). Batanani Community Junior Secondary School, Botswana— Science/math teacher (accounted in Across African Sand) and photographer/editor/art director at The Francistowner magazine. Options For Recovery in Sacramento, California— GED Instructor for recovering substance-addicted adults. Red Mesa High School, Navajo Nation— Science teacher, sponsor of AISES (American Indian Science & Engineering Society). La Paz, Bolivia— Teacher of chemistry and physics at Colegio Calvert (American Cooperative School).
Master of Science in Astronomy, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Bachelor of Science in Physics, magna cum laude, California State University, Northridge, and winner John W. Nagel Award for Outstanding Senior in Physics & Astronomy. Associate of Arts in Physics, cum laude, Los Angeles Valley College, Bank of America Award for Top Student in Science & Engineering, Cross Country Team Captain and Finalist at California State Cross Country Championships. Conceived and organized Children's Bicycle Relay For Africa, fund-raising project in Denmark, now a biennial event. Best marathon time, 2:49:13, Aarhus, Denmark. Coach of National Champions Track & Field Team (Botswana). Mentor for regional and national Science Fair winners (Botswana). Languages: Fluent Nepali (taught school in Nepali), Danish (teaching), Swedish/Norwegian, Kalanga (Botswana), Setswana, Spanish, rudimentary French, German, Hindi, Navajo, and some words and phrases in three dozen other languages. Grand Prize winner, nation-wide Exemplary Projects Contest for science teaching, 1999. Arizona Science Teacher of the Year, 2000. Founder and Director Salinas Observatory. Brennan Award for top astronomy educator in North America, 2012.
JOURNEYS & ADVENTURES
Climbing: Leader of first ascent Hell's Bells route on Warlock Needle, Sierra Nevada. Ascent of Pico de Orizaba (18,701 feet), Mexico. Extensive Himalayan trekking, including solo ascents of Abi / Kangchung West (20,003 feet) and Pharchamo (20,580 feet), chronicled in The Two-Year Mountain. Andean Summits—Huayna Potosi (19,974 feet), Parinacota (20,807 feet), and Illimani (21,122 feet). Paddling: 500 miles down Congo River in dugout canoe with two Japanese. Kayak through Snake River's Hells Canyon. Boundary Waters canoeing and island hopping. Bicycling: 4500 miles across US & Europe. Riding single-speed bike from Nile River to Congo River, detailed in Bicycle USA cover article. Cycling 3000 miles across the sands of the Kalahari and Namib Deserts—first bicycle crossing. Pedaling 2099 miles through Southwest US with three-year-old daughter on back of bike. Hiking: Backpacking on five continents— including Inca Trail with seven-year-old daughter and leader of first unsupported trek across Namib Desert, filmed for TV series Classic Adventure. Hitchhiking: Three times across US, throughout Europe, and across Africa. Wildlife Encounters: Rammed by a rhinoceros, charged by elephants, struck at by rattlesnakes, and stalked by lions.
Books: The Two Year Mountain: A Nepal Journey, originally published by Universe Books US and Bradt Publications UK, and expanded re-issue published by Globe Pequot US and Bradt Publications UK. Major contributor to Guide to Namibia and Botswana, Bradt Publications. Language Guide: 12 of Nepal's Minority Languages, booklet published and distributed by US Peace Corps, Nepal. Across African Sand: Journeys of a Witch-Doctor's Son-in-Law, DIMI Press. Contributor to The Irresponsible Traveller, Bradt Publications. Magazine Articles: Troef (Netherlands), Bicycle USA (cover photo and feature article); Footloose (UK); Globe; Wanderlust (UK); BOTSA; Marung (Botswana);Flamingo (Namibia); Parent's Monthly; The Francistowner; Family Press. Newspapers: The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA); Bay Area Parent; Neighbors/Sacramento Bee.
Television: On-screen adventurer for Into The Unknown and Against The Elements, opening two episodes of Classic Adventure television series (BBC1, A&E, PBS). Interviewed on Sky Channel (London) and Danish Television. Radio: Professional appearances on In A Word and Traveller's Souk (both British series). Promotional interviews on various radio stations in London, Cambridge, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington, California, and Denmark. Newspapers: Interviewed for assorted publications where radio and television work took place. Public Speaking: Gave presentations at schools, associations, and public forums in US and abroad, including: Speaker at Arizona Science Teachers Annual Conference; Presenter at National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference; Featured Lecturer at the Independent Travellers Seminar, London, hosted by the Royal Geographical Society; and Guest speaker at the Travel Summit, Melbourne, Australia, sponsored by Lonely Planet Publications.
Living in Salinas, California, teaching astronomy and physics at Salinas High School and at Hartnell College. Many students are Spanish-speaking children of migrant farm workers. Single-dad to African-born daughter, April Tetose, now twenty-two years old, studying acting in San Francisco. Personal transportation is by bicycle, foot, bus, train, and thumb. He has never owned a car (and hopes to never own one). Activities: hiking, backpacking, running, astronomy, writing, photography, telling jokes to students. Currently completing work on feature-length documentary Searching For Nepal.