Who is Mister Felipe?
Mister Felipe is Philip Handmaker, a teacher of español and música in the community
of Taos, Nuevo México. Growing up in New Mexico, he heard a lot of Spanish on the playground, and he studied
the language in high school (Go Cougars
!) and college
(Go Banana Slugs
!). After getting a master's degree in Applied
Linguistics (Go Hoyas
!) and teaching bilingually in Arlington,
Virginia for several years, he at last moved back to
Nuevo México, where he is combining his lifelong passions of music, language, and teaching.
(Yes, he is actually sticking out of a real school bus en la foto, which was taken by Ian Sanderson.)
He lives in the Taos area with his groovy esposa Brooke, who joins him on this record, y con sus
dos perras, and spends as much free time as possible outdoors--gardening, hiking, or skiing. He plays music with his
wife and friends in the band Zanagroove, and also performs as Mister Felipe.
Future music projects include a record of animal-themed songs written collaboratively with kids
he teaches at Anansi Charter School
, as well as Science-themed
educational hiphop--check out www.professorphlip.com
to mention more bilingual fun!