Hello NVS Community! I’m Mr. Harrison and I use he/him pronouns.
I am so excited to be teaching alongside such caring and skilled educators, as well as working with an impressive group of students who have each uniquely found their way to the NVS family. I strongly believe it takes a village to help students grow and excel and am truly happy to be a part of such a dedicated group that believes in the potential of each student!
I teach Upper School writing, grades 9-12. I’ve been an English composition educator since 2000, teaching in such places as the University of Nevada (Reno), Kuwait University, and the University of Lynchburg. Though I have taught mostly college students over the years, my graduate work was in applied linguistics where I studied directly under some of the best K-12 literacy strategists in the country, Shane Templeton and Donald Bear (the co-creators of “Words Their Way”).
I love writing nearly as much as I love empowering students to write. I especially enjoy helping students discover the power of the written word, anything from poetry to fully developed research essays.
In addition to English writing, I teach Spanish. ¡Hola! I lived and worked in Mexico as a young person where I gained native-like fluency in the language and so I love teaching it when I have the opportunity. I also know basic Choctaw. Halito! I was born and raised in Oklahoma and am a proud member of the Choctaw Nation.
In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar and writing songs. My wife and I have four kids together and one grandchild, as well as one dog-son.