Diane is Director of The MacDowell Library and teaches drama in the Middle School. As librarian, she facilitates the Middle School Book Club and has organized parent/faculty book groups in the past. In addition to teaching 6th grade drama and theater arts, she is Director of the Middle School play. Diane started her library career as a reference librarian in a public library before going on to work as Upper School librarian at The Seven Hills School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Diane received her B.A. in English and theater from Loyola University of Chicago, her M.L.S. from Indiana University, and her master’s of philosophy in Irish theater and film from Trinity College Dublin.
Grade 7 Dean, Art, Performing Arts, Middle School Leadership, MS Field Hockey Head Coach
Lily Gillett teaches sixth and seventh grade art, coordinates the curriculum for the Middle School Performing and Creative Arts course, and teaches a unit on theater set design. She will also be a Middle School advisor and coach Middle School field hockey and lacrosse. She has a bachelor’s in studio art with a minor in arts and education from William Smith College, where she played varsity field hockey. Lily was an art teacher and field hockey coach at the Bullis School in Maryland before coming to Rivers and served as the art department chair there for two years.
Grade 8 Class Dean, Science, MS Leadership, 8th Grade Transition Coord., MS Boys' Hockey Asst. Coach
Josh has taught science at the Middle School since 2000. In addition, Josh coaches boys’ Middle School ice hockey and serves on the Leadership Committee. Before coming to Rivers, Josh taught at Milton Academy. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from University of New Hampshire and a B.S. in biology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Meredith Caplan teaches Upper School English. Prior to coming to 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, and she currently serves on the Interdisciplinary Committee. In addition to advising underclassmen, Meredith is the assistant coach for varsity girls’ soccer and coaches lacrosse in the middle school.
Nicholas Jordan joined the Science Department in 2016 after three years of teaching biology and Chemistry at Loomis Chaffee School in CT. Prior to that, he taught at his alma mater, Eton College, in Windsor, England. Nick served as head coach for the rowing team at Loomis, and the assistant coach for girls JV basketball. Nick earned a BA in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University and is currently completing his MS in biomedical sciences at Tufts University. He teaches science in the Upper School, advises, and coaches.
Victoria Mizzi joined the Mathematics Department in 2016 after teaching the IB math curriculum at the International School of Boston, IB World School. Prior to that, she worked at the Washington International School, IB World School in Washington, DC where she also served as department chair. Victoria received both a bachelor of education and a bachelor of science degree from Queen’s University. She was a Project Zero Classroom participant at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Victoria will teach math in the Upper School, including multivariable calculus, advise, and coach.