Dowsley, Felix
Program Director

Education: B.A. from Washington University (English Literature & Religious Studies, Cum Laude)

Certifications: Wilderness First Aid, PSIA Level 1 Ski Instructor, ACA Level 4 Kayak Instructor, AMGA Single Pitch Instructor, Level One Google Educator, PADI Open Water Diver, NCBH Youth Mental Health First Aid,

Other Distinctions & Specialties: fifteen years of experience in Outdoor Education, eight years of experience in the classroom, presenter at the Association for Experiential Education’s International Conference, trained in the Harkness Method, Experiential Education Cycle, and Restorative Practices, self-published his first novel in 2022, shortlisted for the Bridgeport Prize for Poetry in 2008.

More About Felix: Since joining the school in 2015, Felix taught Language Arts, helped start the climbing program, and served as the Dean of Students and Head of Technology. As the Program Director, Felix loves to see the daily discoveries made at the intersections of character education and academic inquiry, driven always by students’ excellent questions.

Felix came to FBRA after working in the classroom and the field for The Outdoor Academy, The Island School, the North Carolina Outward Bound School, and Warren Wilson College. Felix loves that his passions for outdoor education, intentional living, and lifetime learning converge in his work at FBRA.

After hours Felix is often right back in the mountains with his wife Anna, his son Felix, and their dog Sunny. He might also be found buried in a book, trying to play drums like Art Blakey, or surprised at the unlikely success of his gardening efforts.