Dr. John Trowbridge


Dr. John Trowbridge is the International Family Liaison and Teacher at Roycemore School. He has previously taught Upper School Chinese and Spanish and was a freshman advisor at Maryknoll School in Honolulu, Hawai‘i. In addition, John has taught courses in Asian, Western, and cross-cultural comparative philosophy, as well as traditional Chinese literature at a variety of colleges including Loyola University Chicago, the City Colleges of Chicago, the University of Hawai‘i – West O‘ahu, Hawai‘i Pacific University, and Kapi‘olani Community College. He has also taught Mandarin Chinese to children in grades K-5 at Haha‘ione Elementary School, as well as privately to adults and children of all ages. He has lived in Taiwan and has worked for an international adoption agency supporting families through international adoptions. In addition to Mandarin Chinese, Classical Chinese, and Spanish, John has an extensive background in Ancient Greek. In his spare time, he enjoys philosophizing, learning the guitar, Kenpo Karate, science fiction, and spending time with his four children.


  • Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
  • M.A. (East Asian Languages and Literatures (Chinese) Ohio State University
  • M.A. (Philosophy) Ohio State University
  • A.B. (Asian Studies) Washington University
  • A.B. (Philosophy) Washington University


Favorite Quote

子曰:「學而不思則罔,思而不學則殆。」 The Master said, “If you learn (xue 學) without reflecting (si 思) on what was learned, you will be lost; if you reflect without learning, you will fall into dangerous circumstances.”

-Analects (Lunyu 論語) 2.15

Why do you teach? What is the impact you hope to make on students?

I hope to inspire a life-long love of learning and a deep sense of empathetic imagination in my students.

Why Roycemore?

Roycemore, as a small, private school which prides itself on a personal touch in education where students are known and not just numbers in a large bureaucracy, reminds me a great deal of the school I attended from grades 5-12 and I am eager to give back some of what I received in that context of teaching and learning.