R. Shaw Bridges

Shaw Bridges is an esteemed faculty member who began teaching History at Knox in 2015. This year, after extensive summer study and professional development with the Gilder-Lehrman Institute, Mr. Bridges has taken on the challenge of teaching AP US History, AP US Government and Politics and an elective course, Philosophy and Ethics. Mr. Bridges utilizes non-traditional teaching methods to engage students in learning about the life, culture, and historical movements that have shaped our country. Some of these techniques include employing the “Harkness” teaching method, collaborating with other teachers to incorporate interdisciplinary teaching, and offering unique projects and field trips to help bring the students’ learning to life. He encourages lively debates and philosophical discussions, and recently facilitated a dynamic debate on a popular thought experiment in ethics, “The Trolley Problem.”

In addition to teaching, Mr. Bridges coaches the Knox Fencers, has assisted in coaching the Crew team, and has co-coached the cross-country team. Originally from Greenwich, CT, Mr. Bridges is a former boarding student, graduating from the Kent School in 2011. In High School, he swam varsity for Kent and was involved in crew, golf, cross country, and extracurricular activities. He attended Gettysburg College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2015 with a BA in History and Philosophy, with a minor in Economics. Mr. Bridges was also a member of Sigma Chi, involved with the Eisenhower institute, Vice President of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society, and is the proud recipient of the Suzanne Elizabeth Clarke Award from the philosophy department.

We are so happy to have Mr. Bridges as a member of our team!