Philip Dansart, a native of Iowa, moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to work on his master's degree at Loyola Marymount University in Child and Adolescent Literacy as a member of the PLACE Corps. His plan was to stay in LA for no more than three years. Lured in by the beach and sunny days, fourteen years later he is still here. During these years he has taught almost all grades 5 through 12 at three schools: St. Agnes School, Mira Costa High School, and American Martyrs School. He has eared a second master's from LMU in Catholic School Administration, has spent many summers in Guatemala learning Spanish, and has become a proficient ocean swimmer.