Luke officially joined The Bay School community July 1, 2015. In Luke’s own words: “I feel very privileged to have been asked to be a part of the community. It’s very clear to me that Bay is a distinctive, special place. What is happening educationally is a cut-above, innovative, and different. The inquiry- and project-based approach to teaching and learning embraces all of the current and extensive research on how young people learn best. Many schools struggle to incorporate that research and change how subjects have always been taught. Bay has amazing educators who care deeply about their students and ask great questions about what education should be.” In addition, Bay’s adherence to mindfulness in education and life, most notably present in the school’s daily Morning Meeting, deeply resonated with Felker. “I know very few high schools where all students and faculty and staff sit together in a gathering every morning. That means something. There are a lot of schools in this country, and some very good ones. What Bay is doing is unusual and special, and to be a part of that is an honor.”
For the past eight years, Felker has served as Head of School for Madison Country Day School in Wisconsin. During his tenure there, Felker directed significant initiatives in curricular evolution, led the school through two strategic planning processes, and developed a strong philanthropic culture. He was the President of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Schools and a trustee of both the Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools and the Independent Schools Association of the Central States. He earned his undergraduate degree – a B.A. with Honors in Government – from Dartmouth College and recently earned his M.A. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.