Bryan has been connecting with middle and high school students for the majority of his life. His father worked for Young Life and thus there were students in his home from an early age. After completing a BA in English from Appalachian State University, Bryan began a 10-year journey teaching English in China, Mexico, Charlotte, and Asheville. He completed his Masters in School Counseling at Western Carolina University in 2010. Since then, he has worked helping marginalized communities access mental health services, and most recently he has been working to assist individuals battling homelessness find housing, employment, and health services. This is Bryan’s second year in his role as FSI Middle School Counselor, and he is still gleaning new insights each day. He is grateful to be working in an environment which puts forth intention towards caring for the holistic health of students especially in these emotionally challenging times. He enjoys encouraging each student to find their own unique strengths while collectively working with students to become more mindful. Bryan has worked with many children with a wide variety of cultural norms, cognitive abilities, and resources. He enjoys helping students connect with each other across these differences that can sometimes cause stratification and separation. Bryan has traveled and lived in many places throughout the world, but he has spent most of his adult life in North Carolina. He feels most at home in Western North Carolina, and enjoys backpacking, rock hounding, fishing, and wandering in these peaceful mountains. He also finds renewal in growing in his faith, playing disc golf, painting (only therapeutically), wood working, gardening, traveling, and listening to a wide range of music.