Jacinda J. Cotton-Castro
Executive Director/CEO

Jacinda co-founded Fiddlehead Art & Science Center in 2002.  After more than a decade of early childhood and after school experience, she chose to pursue the creation and opening of one of Maine’s first public charter schools – Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences.

Jacinda has her Masters in International Marketing and Management as well as a background in project management, both in non-profit and for-profit businesses. 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 husband, Tony; daughters – Marita & Yote; and sons Dexter and Dante inspire and encourage her daily. Her biggest passion is her family.

Joanna Frankel
Coordinator of Teaching & Learning

Joanna has been involved in education for nearly twenty years, fifteen of which were spent as a classroom teacher. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Smith College in Massachusetts, and has taught every age from Pre-K through 5th grade. Joanna’s experience includes teaching in a college lab school that serves as a model for Reggio Emilia in the U.S., as well as numerous progressive schools that utilize project-based, interdisciplinary learning.

Outside of her work at Fiddlehead, Joanna is a registered yoga teacher, a mother, an active participant in her son’s Portland public school, and an advocate for equality for all children. In her spare time she’s helping her husband open a restaurant in a renovated 1780’s homestead in Buxton!

Del Peavey
Special Education Director

Del Peavey and lives in Raymond with his wife and three (almost) grown children. He has worked in the field of education for the last 24 years. Most of that time has been in public schools, but Del actually started at a special purpose private school, The Spurwink School.  Over time, Del has had the good fortune to work with a diverse student population, initially as an Occupational Therapist, then Assistant Special Education Director and most recently Special Education Director. He has a BS from UNE and a Masters in Education from USM. “I look forward to meeting and working with the Fiddlehead staff, students, and families.”

Barbara Landry
Business Manager

Barb Landry has 30 years of experience in Accounting, with 18 of those years working in an educational setting. Barb received her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Saint Joseph’s College in Maine. She 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.

Karen Johnson
Administrative Assistant

Karen has 10+ years of experience in education, having previously taught 2nd and 4th grades. She attended Rutgers University in New Jersey. Karen and her husband, Kurt have been married 25 years and have 4 children. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, the beach, and spending time with her family.