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!

Lee Ann Arnold
Special Education Director

Lee Ann’s dedication to the field of education is highlighted by over 20 years of experience working with students and families in both public and private sectors.  Prior to joining the Fiddlehead community, she was employed with Child Development Services for 17 years and recently graduated with a Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Maine. 

As a firm believer in the importance of collaboration, she is committed to building strong parent-school partnerships and promoting a student-centered learning environment.  

On a personal note, Lee Ann and her husband, along with their three sons, reside in Brunswick where they are active members of their community.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, running and attending her children’s sporting events. 

Jennifer Merrill RTI TITLE I COORDINATORJennifer Merrill
RTI/Title I Coordinator

Jennifer began volunteering in school in 1995 when her youngest child started Kindergarten.  It was through volunteering that she realized how much she loved teaching children to read.  In 2007 when her children were older, she began working at a large k-3 school, providing academic support in reading and math.  She came to Fiddlehead school in 2017 and was the 2nd grade Teacher Assistant for 2 years, and in 2019 starts a new position as the RTI Specialist and Title I Coordinator.

Jennifer lives in Windham with her husband and has 4 adult children.  She enjoys singing, dancing, knitting, reading, watching hockey, gardening, kayaking, and the beach.

Lorena Coffin
School Counselor

Lorena earned her Master of Science in Counseling with a concentration in School Counseling from the University of Southern Maine and holds a professional certification in school counseling from the Maine Department of Education.  She is a strong advocate for children and families, believes in cultivating a sense of place and belonging in communities, and promotes lifelong learning.  She lives in Freeport with her husband—together they have raised two sons and have two four-legged family members of a barn kitty and an Australian Shepard.  When not on the tennis court, Lorena also enjoys yoga, historical research, creative writing, and anything horses.

Rachel McMullen BUSINESS MANAGERRachel McMullen
Business Manager

I was born and raised in Washington state. My family and I decided to relocate to Maine in August of 2019. I have 10 plus years of accounting & finance experience and 8 years in a school district. I obtained my degree in accounting from Green River College in Washington State. I am married and have one daughter graduating from University of Washington School of Business. In my free time I love to cook, and spend time with my family in the beautiful outdoors, doing activities such as Mountain Biking, Skiing, Kayaking, Hiking/Exploring, or just relaxing by the water.

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.


Erinn Conn Atelierista Artist in ResidenceErinn Conn
(Artist in Residence)

Erinn holds a BA in Studio Fine Arts from Montclair State University as well as a K-12 Art Teaching Certification. She currently teaches elementary art at Fiddlehead School of Arts and Sciences. With a passion for graphic design, painting and getting messy, Erinn focuses on the creative process and strives to unleash the unique artist within each student. Residing in Portland, her passions include; hiking the Maine coast, practicing yoga, cuddling goats, gardening and making lots of art.