Faculty & Staff Directory

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    Alexander Caplan
    English Department Chair, Senior Speech Coordinator, Varsity Golf Coach
    Business Phone: 339-686-2416
    Education: Yale University - BA
    Middlebury College - MA
    Mac Caplan has taught Upper School English since 2005 and currently serves as department chair. He also advises upperclassmen, coaches golf, coordinates the senior speech program, and serves as a course counselor. He previously coached girls’ soccer and baseball, chaperoned the New Orleans service trip, and served on the leadership committee, among other responsibilities. He received the Mida van Zuylen Dunn Award for Teaching in 2011 and was named a Senior Teacher in 2017. Mac earned a BA from Yale University and an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Outside of school, he is a competitive squash player, avid golfer, and voracious reader.
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    Juliet Bailey
    Director of the Drama Program, Drama and English teacher, Faculty Enrichment Committee Chair
    Business Phone: 339-686-2413
    Education: Bates College - BA
    Middlebury College - MA
    Juliet Bailey P’23 joined the Rivers faculty in 1997 and currently teaches English and drama, directs Upper School plays, and advises eleventh and twelfth graders. She received the Mida van Zuylen Dunn award for teaching excellence in 2005. Before coming to Rivers, Juliet taught and directed at Millbrook School and Wyoming Seminary and earned a Fulbright Teaching Exchange Fellowship, which took her to Budapest, Hungary, for a year. A graduate of Bates College, Juliet holds an MA from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College.
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    Meredith Caplan
    Grade 9 Dean, English Teacher, MS Soccer Coach
    Business Phone: 339-686-2412
    Education: Columbia Teachers College - MA
    Bowdoin College - BA
    Meredith Caplan teaches Upper School English and serves as ninth-grade dean. Prior to joining Rivers in 2013, she taught and coached at Newark Academy in New Jersey and at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. She also worked for The Steppingstone Foundation in Boston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Bowdoin College and a master’s degree in the teaching of English from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has traveled to Romania with Rivers students to work with Romanian children. In addition to advising underclassmen, Meredith is the assistant coach for varsity girls’ soccer.
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    tc Hanmer
    Upper School English, DEI Coordinator, Assistant Varsity Softball Coach
    Business Phone: 339-686-2423
    Education: Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English - MA
    Smith College - BA
    tc Hanmer joined Rivers after several years of teaching high school English, most recently at Pomfret School. In addition to teaching Upper School English, they serve as an advisor and assist with the JV girls’ basketball team and the varsity softball team. tc earned their BA in Afro- American Studies and English at Smith College and graduated from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English with an MA in English. Outside of school, tc is an avid reader, a music lover, and a movie buff.
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    Katie Henderson
    Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Upper School English
    Business Phone: 339-686-2265
    Education: University of Pennsylvania - MEd
    University of Pennsylvania - BA
    Katie Henderson has a BA in English and communications as well as an MEd in secondary education in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a candidate for a doctorate from the University of Minnesota, where she has served as supervisor of student teaching. Previously, Katie taught English at the Woodside Priory School. She teaches Upper School English and is an assistant coach for the girls’ cross-country team.
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    Jennie Hutton Jacoby
    Business Phone: 339-686-2418
    Education: Kenyon College - BA
    Jennie Hutton Jacoby joined the English department in 1995 and currently teaches eleventh and twelfth grade English in addition to running faculty evaluations. Before coming to Rivers, Jennie taught at the Breck School in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and The Cincinnati Country Day School in Ohio. Jennie was the recipient of the Mida Van Zuylen Dunn Award for teaching in 2000, and in 2011, she was selected to join the Berwind Circle of teachers. She also serves on the Cum Laude Society Selection Committee. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Kenyon College.
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    Mary Mertsch
    English Department, Director of New Faculty Development, English 9 Honors Seminar Coordinator, GSA A
    Business Phone: 339-686-2414
    Education: University of Michigan - ABD
    Wake Forest University - MA.Ed
    Georgetown University - BA
    Mary joined the English department in 2008 and currently teaches eleventh- and twelfth-grade English in addition to advising students in eleventh and twelfth grades and leading the Freshman Honors English Seminar. Her previous teaching experience includes both private and public schools, along with four years teaching composition and teacher education courses at the University of Michigan, where she spent time doing graduate work. She earned a BA from Georgetown University and an MEd from Wake Forest University. She co-advises the Rivers Gender Sexuality Alliance and co-facilitates the WALLIES (the white ally affinity group on campus). Mary also has an interest in mindfulness meditation, which she incorporates into her classes, and she is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.
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    Meghan Regan-Loomis
    English, IDS
    Business Phone: 339-686-2415
    Education: Tufts University - MAT
    Kenyon College - BA
    Meghan Regan-Loomis has been a member of the English department since 1992. The author of Juggling Twins, she has a particular interest in the teaching of writing. Her free time is spent reading, hiking, and playing competitive tennis. She is the 2018 recipient of the William F. Gallagher Teaching Chair and the 2002 recipient of the Mida van Zuylen Dunn Award for Teaching. An enthusiastic Kenyon College alumna, she received an MAT from Tufts.
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    Madison Smith
    Upper School English, Head Varsity Volleyball Coach
    Business Phone: 339-686-2411
    Education: University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education - M.S.Ed
    Grinnell College - B.A.
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    Daniel St. Jean
    English, Alpine Ski Coach
    Business Phone: 339-686-2295
    Education: Middlebury Bread Loaf School of English - MA
    Yale University - BA
    Dan St. Jean earned a BA from Yale University and an MA from Middlebury College. Prior to joining Rivers, he spent 12 years teaching English and served as a college counselor at Germantown Academy in Pennsylvania, where he also served as a college counselor. He shares Rivers’s commitment to student-centered education, to the principles of equity and inclusion, and to teaching that fosters depth of inquiry and joy in learning. In addition to teaching Upper School English, he also helps coordinate the senior speech program and serves as assistant coach of the alpine ski team.
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    Julian Willard
    Interdisciplinary Studies Department Chair, English, Bioethics Program
    Business Phone: 339-686-2417
    Education: King's College, London University - PhD
    King's College, London University - M.Th.
    Exeter College, Oxford University - BA
    As an English teacher and interdisciplinary studies department chair, Julian teaches tenth and twelfth grade English and interdisciplinary electives. He is a student advisor and a faculty advisor for the bioethics club, and has been a bioethics fellow at Harvard Medical School, a Yale-Hastings Scholar in bioethics, and a future of learning fellow at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. Prior to coming to Rivers, he held teaching positions at James Allen’s Girls’ School, King’s College London, and Birkbeck College London. He earned a BA from Oxford University and both an MTh and a PhD from King’s College London.
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