LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Cantor

Position

Principal - Alpharetta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Science in English, University of North Georgia
Masters in Education Administration, National University

Experience

I am amazed by the growth of Rivers Academy since the school first started, and I'm extremely lucky to have been a part of it as one of the first teachers. I came to Rivers Academy as a language arts teacher, and quickly realized how important this school was to me. I began working as the teacher liaison during my third year of teaching. Since then, I have served as the Director of Admissions and the Co-Director while completing my Masters in Education Administration. I am confident that my roles as an administrator and, most importantly, a teacher have provided genuine experiences that have assisted me in my goals as Principal at Rivers Academy. This school is more than a unique program; it's an engaging experience where teachers love to teach and families and students love to belong!

Rick Betts

Position

Head of School - Atlanta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Arts in History, Presbyterian College
Masters in Educational Leadership, State University of West Georgia

Experience

Rick Betts brings a wealth of experience in Atlanta independent schools to his position as Head of School. Rick comes to Rivers Academy Atlanta for his third Head of School Position, following St. Clement's Parish School, in El Paso, TX and St. Benedict's Episcopal School in Smyrna, Ga. both of which follow over 14 years at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, in Atlanta, where he served as Assistant Lower School Principal, Lower School Principal, Associate Head of School and, one year as Acting Head of School. He is known for his love and passion for education, along with the arts and athletics. Rickis also a strong advocate for professional development for his faculty and staff. His professional experience also includes time as a classroom teacher at Pace Academy and Heards Ferry Elementary School.

Becky Neece

Position

Academic Dean - Alpharetta Campus

Education

Bachelors of Science in Biology, University of Georgia and a Masters in Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University

Experience

While pursuing my biology degree at the University of Georgia, I was able to work in a research lab, to tutor and to work as a lab assistant. Of all these roles, I enjoyed teaching the most. I began my teaching career at Rivers Academy with a position in Biology and Life Science. Knowing that I wanted to be part of the mission of Rivers continuing to impact students, I received a Masters in Leadership and moved into administration. The role of Academic Dean has been such an amazing experience. I believe that we have a unique program that challenges each child to push his/her limits and rise to the occasion. I enjoy having the chance to know all of our wonderful students and watching them succeed from a "different perspective." I am also a wife and a mother of two little girls.

Melinda Willis

Position

Founder

Education

Bachelors of Science in Business, Florida State University and Teaching Certification Education Program, Mercer University

Experience

After a rewarding business career and many years of teaching, I bring a real world application to my vision for the students. I have taught every subject through the middle grades and have continued my education staying apprised of new developments in the teaching field. Teaching our seniors Entrepreneurship keeps me in touch with the classroom and affirms my position that we are in good hands with this generation of great thinkers leading in the future. I am able to utilize my undergraduate degree in business from Florida State and my education degree from Mercer in my role at Rivers Academy. My motivation is drawn from a genuine love of children and the joy it brings to share in a child's journey to find his/her voice. I believe all of my students have unlimited potential and learning is enhanced by presenting material through a variety of teaching methods.


Alpharetta
38 North Main Street
Alpharetta, GA 30009
770.475.0081


Atlanta
1934 Cliff Valley Way
Atlanta, GA 30329
404.458.5160