Harrison comes to Walker’s from The Loomis Chaffee School where he served as the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department Chair and Associate Director of the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching. In addition to these administrative duties, Harrison was a history teacher and the coach of Loomis’ IEA Equestrian Team. As Walker’s Assistant Head of School/Dean of Academics, Harrison will be the academic visionary voice on campus and will lead the continued development of curricula and innovative pedagogies that carry forward our strong academic vision for the School. He will oversee program evaluation and ensure alignment of a curriculum that reflects the School’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging. Harrison will partner with other administrators including Sarah Edson, Dean of the Faculty, and Isabel Ceballos, Head of the Middle School, on hiring a diverse and dynamic faculty and guide a teacher performance evaluation system which promotes professional growth. Harrison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts degree in American History from Pace University.
I am especially fascinated by the Civil War and Reconstruction era in American history. It was a period defined by tumult, strife, and loss, and yet it was also a hopeful time of promise. I love helping students draw connections between the mid-nineteenth century with later movements for change –– from the Civil Rights Movement up through the present.
I primarily became a teacher because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of young people, just as my teachers did for me. I still hold dear the teachers who have made a profound impact on my life and have helped shape me into the person I am today. I hope to inspire curiosity, to cultivate a warm and inclusive learning community, and to encourage all of my students to continue striving to be their best, authentic selves. Boarding schools create a rather special opportunity as an educator, as teaching and learning extends beyond the classroom walls to the dormitories, the sports fields, the stage, the studio, etc.