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.
Bryan is excited about working again with middle school students as it is such a challenging and expansive stage of development in their lives. He looks forward to encouraging each student to find their own unique strengths and helping them navigating their sense of identity as they become more directly influenced by their peers.
Bryan comes to us with a background of working with children with significant trauma, and he has a wealth of experience with working with children from a broad swath of cultural backgrounds. He hopes to help FSI students develop a strong sense of empathy and interconnection as he believes that they can be active leaders of a future generation that will inherit many challenges.
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, fly-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.