Harrison Shure joined Walker’s in 2021. Having grown up in both London, U.K. and Charlottesville, Virginia, Harrison moved to Connecticut in 2014, where he began teaching history at The Loomis Chaffee School. In addition to teaching a wide range of yearlong and elective courses in history, Harrison served as the History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Department Chair and as the Associate Director of the Kravis Center for Teaching and Learning. As a competitive show jumper through his time at the University of Virginia, Harrison was also able to continue spending time around the barn and the ring by coaching Loomis’ IEA team. Harrison can often be seen walking or playing with his golden retriever and jack russell, Nala and Bruiser. In his free time, Harrison enjoys reading, riding, traveling, and being a passionate yet often frustrated fan of Arsenal Football Club.
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.