About the Principals

Principal: Diane Chamberlain
Assistant Principal: Renee Greenfield

Diane Chamberlain is the Principal at Fort River Elementary School.  Before joining the Fort River faculty in 2013, Diane served Amherst as the Assistant Principal for Amherst Regional High School, Amherst Regional Middle School, and the Coordinator of South Amherst Campus.  Diane gained her experience in the classroom 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 before moving to Amherst in 2004.  She has a Master's Degree in Special Education from San Francisco State University, and graduated from and Educational Leadership and Administration Program through 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.