About the Principals

Principal: Diane Chamberlain
Assistant Principal: Renee Greenfield

Diane Chamberlain was appointed the Principal of Fort River School in 2016.  Before joining the Fort River faculty as the Assistant Principal in 2013, Diane served as the Assistant Principal for Amherst Regional High School (2009-2013), Amherst Regional Middle School (2008-09), and the Coordinator of South Amherst Campus (2005-08). She began her career teaching students aged 9-22 in a therapeutic day program in San Francisco and worked summers teaching in the juvenile justice system. Diane gained her experience teaching in public school classrooms in San Francisco and South San Francisco at the middle school level as a Special Education co-teacher and self-contained classroom teacher. Her administrative work began in the San Francisco Unified School District as a Program Specialist before moving to Amherst in 2004. Diane has a Master's Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and earned a credential in Educational Leadership and Administration from St. Mary's College of California.

Renee Greenfield is the Assistant Principal at Fort River Elementary School. Prior to joining the Fort River team, Renee was a specialized instructional coach for the Amherst Pelham Public School District, where she coached the district’s coteachers, taught courses in the Orton-Gillingham approach, and provided ongoing professional support to K-12 educators. Before coming to Amherst in 2016, Renee was an assistant professor of special education at the University of Hartford, where she specialized in the areas of language development, learning disabilities, and preparing educators to educate linguistically diverse students with and without disabilities. Renee began her career as a speech-language teacher in the Lawrence Public Schools, and then taught students with language-based learning disabilities at the Carroll School in Lincoln, MA and in the Newton Public Schools. Over the last twenty years, Renee has worked collaboratively and effectively to educate students and support teachers to advance their practice.

Renee earned her undergraduate degree in communication disorders from the State University of New York - Geneseo, her master’s degree in special education from Lesley University, and her doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction from Boston College. She holds a special education (PK-9) teaching license, special education administrator license, and a principal license.