Jim Connor is the Prince Chair in History and teaches U.S. history and government. Connor has completed 35 years as a classroom teacher at a variety of secondary schools and continues to enjoy the energy and curiosity of students. His goal is to help students strengthen their reading, writing, and thinking skills and to consider the importance of historical perspective and interpretation in shaping their ideas and opinions. Connor has coached a wide variety of sports and enjoys working with students outside the classroom. He’s currently the faculty advisor to the William S.R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies at St. George’s. This program offers students an opportunity to travel to Washington and meet with a variety of public officials and SG alums working in the nation’s capital. Connor has a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Dartmouth College.
Caitlyn “Caitie” Cotton holds the William S.R. Rogers ‘44 Chair in History and is the History Curriculum Coordinator within the Humanities Department. She teaches history, advises, serves as a dorm head in Old School, and is an assistant coach of the girls varsity basketball team. She earned her bachelor’s degree in history (with minors in chemistry and math) from New York University, a master’s in history from Boston College and, most recently, a master’s in education in teaching and learning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. In addition to her work on the Hilltop, she spends most of her summers in New Hampshire on the faculty at St. Paul’s School’s Advanced Studies Program. Outside of the classroom, she can be found reading, knitting, or finding a sunny spot to spend the day in Newport.
Jeffrey E. Simpson arrived at St. George’s in 1982 and currently teaches American studies and advanced English, serves as faculty advisor to the school’s literary magazine – The Dragon, and coaches both girls’ cross-country and thirds boys’ basketball. Simpson served as English department chair for five years and holds the John L. Welsh ’42 Teaching Chair in English. He received his bachelor’s degree in English and philosophy from Connecticut College and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in American civilization from Brown University. He was named Teacher-Scholar of Rhode Island by the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1990, which funded a year of independent research.