Jay Riley

English Teacher
B.A. Bates College
M.B.A. Northwestern University
Winter Outing Club
Road Cycling Head Coach


Mr. Riley first imagined teaching after an inspiring experience in 11th grade English at The Noble & Greenough School. While at Bates and Northwestern, he found opportunities to study in France. His 30-year business career was mostly as a medical-device company owner and as president of a New Hampshire subsidiary of The Roche Group. He enjoys helping students understand the real-world benefits of learning to read and think well, so they can write and speak clearly and persuasively. He is trying to read everything Jim Harrison wrote. An enthusiastic skier and cyclist, he has climbed a variety of peaks in the French and Swiss Alps, has enjoyed ski mountaineering trips including the Haute Route and the Shackleton Traverse across South Georgia Island, and has visited more than 40 countries. Two of his three children graduated from Gould (and one from Brewster Academy), and he lives on campus with his wife, Betsy, who also teaches at Gould. In 2015, the Rileys cycled from Belgium to Turkey.  Their only distraction from cycling and traveling in warm, beautiful places is their love of skiing and ski touring in cold, snowy places. Mr. Riley served on Gould’s Board of Trustees from 2003 until the beginning of his teaching career in 2010.