Holly Williams has been a member of the science department since 1991, teaching biology, botany and DNA science. Williams holds the Independence Foundation Teaching Chair and is the head varsity softball coach and the assistant coach to the surfing and leadership team. She supervises the school’s greenhouse – the Rios Conservatory. Williams spent 40 summers working for Camp Laurel in Maine and her free time is devoted to yoga, knitting and reading. Williams holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a master’s degree in science education from Syracuse University.
Douglas Lewis is the holder of the Edmund P. Coe Teaching Chair at St. George’s. Since arriving on the Hilltop in 1995, Lewis has served as the chair of the mathematics department, as assistant director of studies, and as a member of the school’s Honor Board. He’s coached basketball, baseball, and softball, and has worked as an advisor and dorm parent. Lewis received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in educational technology from Johns Hopkins. A former master teacher with the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, he’s given presentations on mathematics at the local, state, regional, and national level. He has a particular interest in finding effective ways to use technology to support classroom learning.
Melissa “Missy” Simonds teaches English, helps with afternoon activities and is a dorm parent in Buell. A graduate of Hotchkiss, Yale, and Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English, Simonds has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of roles as a teacher, coach, admissions officer, associate director of college counseling, and dean of college counseling at many independent schools, among them Tabor Academy, Isidore Newman School, Lake Forest Academy, Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School, and, most recently, John Burroughs School. Along with sharing her love of language with her students, she enjoys spending time with her children, taking long walks, and finding great live music.