E. Roland Harriman Chair Fund

The E. Roland Harriman Chair Fund was established in 1962 by Mr. E. Roland Harriman 1913. The Fund received a generous addition in 1993 from the Gladys and Roland Harriman Foundation. Since 2003, John T. Conner has held this Chair.
John Conner, affectionately known throughout the Groton community as "Señor," arrived at Groton School in 1981. A graduate of Amherst College, John received his MA in Spanish Language and Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin a few years after a backpacking adventure throughout Europe, where he fell in love with Spain, its language, people, and culture. John’s textbook series, Breaking the Barrier (Breaking the Spanish Barrier and Breaking the French Barrier) reflects his creativity, tongue-in-cheek fascination with pop culture, and belief that all students can succeed in languages. Breaking the Barrier shines an unapologetic light on the importance of grammar in mastering a foreign language. According to Señor, "When you have a good foundation in grammar, you can go places you've never been before!" He is a frequent speaker at language conferences throughout the world. John's Spanish books are now available for the iPad; Breaking the Barrier is the first series to be showcased on Apple's iTextbook store.

At Groton School, Señor Conner recently was appointed dean of faculty; he is the current recipient of the E. Roland Harriman Chair. He also coaches boys varsity tennis, a perennial powerhouse in the ISL. Señor Conner is married to Lisa Conner and has four children, Jamie ’11, Hannah ’14, Alexandra ’16, and Sarah '19.

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