Our Staff

ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM

Jacinda Cotton-CastroJacinda Cotton-Castro, Executive Director & CEO – jacinda@fiddleheadschool.org

Jacinda  Co-founded Fiddlehead Art & Science Center in 2002. After more than a decade of early childhood, she chose to pursue the creation and opening of one of Maine’s first public charter schools! Jacinda has her Masters in International Marketing and Management as well as a background in nonprofit and business project management. She is fluent in Spanish and with a vision and love of art and culture, she has helped bring alternative education to the forefront in our community. Her biggest passion is her family.

Ask me about: The  Vision of our school and community, school policy and operations, concerns and kudos about staff, volunteering to help with non-classroom projects – grant leads, fundraising, etc.


barbara-landry-photoBarbara Landry, Business Manager  barbaral@fiddleheadschool.org

Barb Landry has over 25 years of experience in Accounting, with 17 of those years working in an educational setting.  Barb received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. Barb and her husband, Lee live in Windham.  They have two adult children, Justin and Kali.   Barb enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, kayaking, camping, and hiking.

Ask me about: Charter School reporting, finance or how you can donate to Fiddlehead School.

 


Kkaren-johnson-photoaren Johnson, Administrative Assistant – karenj@fiddleheadschool.org

 

 

 

Ask me about: Your child’s absences and appointments, update your family’s contact information, lost and found, school calendar & events.


TEACHING & LEARNING TEAM

JoannaFJoanna Frankel, Coordinator of Teaching & Learning,  joannaf@fiddleheadschool.org

Joanna comes to Fiddlehead with 15 years of classroom teaching experience, having worked with children in every grade from Pre-K through fifth. She holds a B.A.from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she was a Graduate Teaching Fellow. Joanna moved to Maine from Western Massachusetts in the summer of 2014. She lives in Portland with her husband and seven year old son. She enjoys any opportunity to go for a walk, lay on the beach, or read a great book.

Ask me about:  Curriculum, the Reggio Emiia Approach, documentation and how to help support the teachers.


 

Ellen Deluca, Special Education Director


 

Kathryn Dawson

Kathryn Dawson, Special Education Teacher – Lower Grades, Kdawson@fiddleheadschool.org

Ask me about Special Education

LOWER GRADES –Pre-K – 2nd Grade


PRE-K Teachers

Judy Kann, Pre-K Teacher, Judyk@fiddleheadschool.org

Judy Khan
Judy Khan

Judy comes from a non-traditional background, having graduated high school early, lived and worked on Monhegan Island, and went to Antioch College, a work-study school. Judy has a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Literacy Education. Judy has 30 plus years of teaching experience. She lives in Gray, Maine and has three grown children. She loves yoga, running, cooking, walking on the beach, children, kindness, camping, laughing, singing, and children’s literature.

 

Ask me about: Your Pre-K child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, volunteering in the class.


 

 

Rhonda BullockRhonda Bullock, Pre-K Assistant Teacher, Rhondab@fiddleheadschool.org

Rhonda began volunteering at Fiddlehead Center in the summer of 2013. A year later, when opportunities arose at Fiddlehead School for Assistant Teachers, she decided to pursue her new found joy in working with children. After leaving behind a long and successful career in the business world, Rhonda is beginning a new chapter in education and loving every minute. In addition to assisting in the Pre-K classroom, Rhonda also teaches violin to the second and third graders. In her spare time, she performs with several traditional fiddling groups and enjoys spending time with her family.

Ask me about: Your Pre-K child’s needs, our music program, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, volunteering in the class.


KINDERGARTEN TEACHERS

Marie Reimensnyder

Marie Reimensnyder, Kindergarten Teacher, marier@fiddleheadschool.org

Marie has taught at Fiddlehead’s Early Childhood Programs for nine years. Marie holds a B.F.A in Ceramics from the Portland School of Art (now MECA), and a M. S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. She loves animals, the magic of children, being outdoors, music, drawing, looking closely, digging in the dirt, and playing hockey. Marie and her husband, dog and cat, live in New Gloucester where they raised two children and created a hand printed T-shirt business.

Ask me about: Your Kindergartener’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, volunteering in the class.


lillian-allen-photoLillian Allen, Assistant Kindergarten Teacher, Lilliana@fiddleheadschool.org

Lillian comes to Fiddlehead having worked with a variety of children ages 3 – 18.  She is a graduate  of Southern Illinois University and holds her B.S. in secondary/middle school English Language Arts & Drama Education.  Her main passion in teaching is guiding children to discover literacy and environmental awareness through experiencing the world around them.  Lillian recently moved to Portland with her family, and their dog Lewis, where she enjoys reading, hiking, camping, gardening and live theater.

Ask me about: Your Kindergartener’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, volunteering in the class.


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Katie Pecor, First Grade Teacher, Katiep@fiddleheadschool.org

 

 

 

Ask me about: Your 1st grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, filed trips, and volunteering in the class.

 


Cchrista-photohrista Carlson,   Assistant Teacher – 1st Grade, Christac@fiddleheadschool.org

Christa Erde has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Disability Studies from the University of Maine. She lives in Windham with her husband and their dog Sebago.

 

 

 

Ask me about: Your 1st grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, and volunteering in the class.


 

Lizabeth Harrington, 2nd Grade Teacher, Lizh@fiddleheadschool.orgLizabethHarrington

Liz earned a B.S degree in Early Childhood Education from Colby Sawyer College and a Master of Arts from Antioch New England. Liz enjoys bringing art alive in the classroom and providing students with opportunities to use art to learn about themselves and the world around them. Outside of the classroom,  Liz is a potter and mixed media artist and operates her business (Craic Arts) from her home in Gray. She lives in one of the few remaining original farmhouses in Gray Village with her husband, Ralph, two big cats, Lincoln and Leah and their dog Gracie.

Ask me about: Your 2nd Grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, filed trips, and volunteering in the class.


Lorrie Chassey, 2nd Grade Assistant Teacher

 

Ask me about: Your 2nd Grade child’s needs,classroom concerns and ideas, filed trips, and volunteering in the class.


UPPER GRADES – 2nd Grade – 5th Grade


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Megan Dubois, Special Education Teacher, Megand@fiddleheadschool.org

Megan went to University of Maine at Machias for Environmental Studies.   She received her masters in Special Education K-12.  When not working at Fiddlehead she enjoys sending time with her family, reading and being outdoors.  She also enjoys running races at Disney.

Ask me about: Special Education, concerns and ideas


 


Tori Zapatori zapack photock, 3rd Grade Teacher, Tzapack@fiddleheadschool.org

Tori is a graduate of Bates College in Lewiston, Maine and holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Sociology. After graduating, she moved to New Mexico to teach elementary school and pursue a Master’s in Elementary Education.  During the summers, she has been leading wilderness expeditions around the Southwest with 10-12 year olds and particularly enjoys educating in the outdoors.  She enjoys rock climbing, skiing, hiking, reading, and sitting around a campfire.

Ask me about: Your 3rd grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, filed trips, volunteering in the class.


 

Grace Keilt-Freyre, 3-4-5 Assistant Teacher, Gfreyre@fiddleheadschool.org

Ask me about: Your  child’s needs, Spanish, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, and volunteering in the class.

 


rachel-bell-photoRachel Bell, 4th Grade Teacher, Rbell@fiddleheadschool.org

Rachel comes to Fiddlehead with 6 years teaching experience in grades 3-4-5, specializing in full-inclusion and multi-age settings. She holds a MsEd in Teaching and Learning from USM and is currently working on her second MsEd in Educational Leadership. In addition to teaching, she also owns and is the primary artist of Rachel Bell Photography which brings her all over this amazing world! She is passionate about travel, photography, music and the performing arts and will be sharing her love of all these things with our class. She is most passionate about the loves of her life…her three children…and knows, above all, how precious and special all our children are!

Ask me about: Your 4th grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, volunteering in the class.


Jennifer Damon, 4th Grade Teacher, Jdamon@fiddleheadschool.org

Ask me about: Your 4th grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips, and volunteering in the class.



kerry-loupe-photoKerry Loupe, 5th Grade Teacher. Kloupe@fiddleheadschool.org

Kerry has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico (1992) and a MEd. from Antioch University (2000). Prior to teaching, she worked in the social service sector in New Mexico with at-risk youth and families and helped to oversee a runaway shelter for teens in Santa Fe. Kerry has been teaching in a classroom setting for the past 15 years and is also an artist and horsewoman. She brings a wide range of interests and experiences to the classroom and seeks to connect students to the natural world as part of their work together. Kerry is committed to helping each student come to know themselves and the ways in which they connect to one another and the world around them.

Ask me about: Your 4th grade child’s needs, classroom concerns and ideas, field trips and volunteering.