Service Learning at FBRA: What Are You Doing For Others?

Will Yeiser, Executive Director Service learning has been woven into the curriculum at the French Broad River Academy since day one. We intentionally build opportunities into our weekly field lessons to fulfill our mission of building character and integrity for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership, especially during the holiday season. Service has and…

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The “Experamid”

Will Yeiser, FBRA Executive Director and Co-Founder   The FBRA Experamid is the brainchild of former Girls Outdoor Program Director and founding math teacher Emily Shanblatt, and it is essentially an infographic that communicates our collective purpose here at the French Broad River Academy. We have formally adopted the Experamid framework schoolwide, and if you…

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Thoughts from Will, June 2021

Lessons Learned After Operating a School During a Pandemic Will Yeiser, FBRA Co-Founder & Executive Director   WE MADE IT!!!  As the last group of 8th grade students left campus with their families on the evening of June 4th, 2021 after our final graduation event, I finally was able to repeat these words and internalize…

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Thoughts from Will, March 2021

Will Yeiser, Executive Director   The recent warm weather has been a welcome reminder that spring is just around the corner.  After a long, dark, and cold winter exacerbated by the isolation and the daily stress of trying to manage family and work under the “COVID clouds,” a short burst of sunshine and sixty-degree weather…

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Read and React – Reopening School During a Pandemic

Will Yeiser, Executive Director & Co-Founder I never imagined I would hear the words “reopen school during a pandemic” in my lifetime.  There was no course in graduate school at Harvard or class during my teacher training with Teach for America to prepare me for this kind of scenario.  Rather, it required relying upon an…

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