Kevin Willcox is a dorm parent who teaches yoga and happiness. He was drawn to Oliverian because of the staff’s desire to help the whole student find success in all aspects of life. He prefers working with teenagers because they are at the perfect developmental age to begin thinking critically about what it means to live a good life and how to go about it. Oliverian students, in particular, tend to have some background in psychological and meditative principles and are therefore in a great space to transform that knowledge into an inspiring and enjoyable life path.
Kevin has a B.A. from the University of Virginia where he studied Psychology and Astronomy. Before coming to Oliverian he worked in therapeutic schools, as an in-home counselor and spent a few years practicing and working in Buddhist retreat centers. His studies into happiness aim to synthesize ancient wisdom and modern knowledge gained from positive psychological studies.
Relationships and community are an integral part of individual happiness. As such, Kevin enjoys helping students in his dorm enjoy their interactions with each other while learning how to navigate free time and school work in a way that feels fun and supportive. A positive dorm environment contributes to success in school and allows for self-discovery and self-esteem.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
“I love the staff’s dedication to simultaneously supporting students in being who the are and teaching them ways that they can be better versions of themselves.”
What motivates you to work with kids?
“Teenagers are at the perfect developmental age to begin thinking critically about what it means to live a good life and begin investigating how to go about living that life.”