Staff Bios

Phil Fairbrother

Operations Director

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Phil Fairbrother
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At Cherokee Creek Boys School we proudly claim that we are the small school with a BIG heart. One of the biggest hearts on our campus belongs to our Operations Director, Phil Fairbrother, who recently celebrated his 16th year anniversary with us.

Phil is a multi-talented individual with a background in engineering, construction, business, teaching, and outdoor adventure. So when he learned about our desire to holistically blend academic learning and therapeutic counseling with outdoor recreation and nature, Phil was intrigued and attracted to the school.

After coming on board in September of 2003, Phil, his wife, and two others operated the school for a few months (just the four of them!) to bring the dream to fruition. In the early days Phil taught Math to the boys and served as a second shift counselor.

A year later when he was invited by Sports Illustrated to complete a project for them at the Summer Olympics in Greece, Phil still committed to stay connected with the boys by teaching them through an interactive curriculum program.

Throughout the years Phil has taken on the challenge of various roles and responsibilities. In his current position as Operations Director he oversees such departments as Bookkeeping, Human Resources, Nursing, Maintenance, and the Kitchen. Each Thanksgiving, he is in charge of roasting the turkeys using his special pit-cooking technique. On top of all of these things Phil also serves as the community water safety officer for our area.

A little known fact about Phil is that he has earned a couple of black belts in martial arts. He enjoys studying the Katana, which is one of the traditional swords made and worn by the samurais in feudal Japan. Phil gave us a martial arts demonstration once that impressed all of us, but especially the boys!

Cherokee Creek Boys School is a better place because of Phil, and countless numbers of students have been impacted because of his academic instruction, his wisdom about life, his joy of nature, and his example as a positive role model.

Let me share a middle school story…

“In middle school, I still loved everything about dinosaurs. I had been reading about them since the second grade and took every opportunity to visit museums to learn more. I didn’t seem to click in on any of my academic lessons, but when I was given the task of writing a report on anything that interested me… well, I really went to town. After turning in my report, my teacher asked who helped me with my assignment (obviously this was more effort than I had ever put into something before). After 30 minutes of my telling her everything about dinosaurs she stopped me and pointed out that I can be creative when I wanted. I just needed the correct fuel to get me going.”

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