BOARD

 

The Fiddlehead School Board meetings are typically held the 3rd Thursday of each month, beginning at 6:15 p.m. at the school.

Here are the dates for the next meetings:

• Thursday, December 20, 2018
• Thursday, January 17, 2019
• February 14, 2019
• Thursday, March 21, 2019
• Thursday, April 25, 2019
• Thursday, May 16, 2019
• Thursday, June 20, 2019

Adam Gilman
Chair

Adam has been a professional educator for 10 years. He is currently a humanities teacher at Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, a charter high school in Portland. As a part of the founding team at Baxter, Adam has helped build its humanities curriculum, as well as its innovative Flex Friday program. He believes in the promise of charter schools to push innovation and inspire reform in public education. He is grateful for the opportunity to sit on the Fiddlehead board and to serve as its chair for the 2018-19 school year.

Alyson Spencer-Reed
Vice Chair

Alyson Spencer-Reed has been a Fiddlehead School parent since the doors opened in 2013. For the last 15 years, Alyson has worn a series of hats at a small educational consulting & research firm based in Oakland, California.

Alyson is a strong believer in the Reggio Emilia philosophy and has a keen interest in helping the School determine how best to implement this approach while at the same time meeting our varied and numerous requirements as a public school. Alyson joined the Board in October of 2015, is a member of the Governance and Diversity Committees, and has served as Secretary since June of 2016. Alyson lives with her wife and two kids in New Gloucester.

Melanie Prinz
Treasurer

Melanie’s lifelong pursuit of adventure and continued learning began in a moldy basement flipping through stacks of National Geographic magazines before she could read. As a writer, educator and business professional, she comes with over 20years experience working for ADP (Colorado) and Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (China). Melanie is a firm believer in Fiddlehead School’s learning environment and mold-free mission: To help develop creativity and curiosity in children so they grow into compassionate citizens and responsible contributors of the world.

Penny Collins
Secretary

Penny and her family have been involved in Fiddlehead Charter School since the outset, and the Fiddlehead Center before that. She is the Chair of the Personnel Committee and a member of the Diversity Committee. Penny is an adoption social worker with a passion for trauma informed practice and healthy family attachment. She lives in New Gloucester with her husband, two daughters, and their various and ever changing cast of cats, dogs, hamsters, and chickens.

Bill Doughty
Board Member

Bill is a retired superintendent and public school principal. He also previously held positions as an adjunct faculty member for University of Phoenix and University of New England teaching online courses for educators seeking Masters and Doctoral degrees. Bill is a member of the Board of Directors for Oratorio Chorale, in Brunswick, Maine. He enjoys singing, kayaking, playing the piano, and swimming.

Zoë Lewin
Board Member

Zoë Lewin is a formally trained educator and Literacy Specialist, with a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in Curriculum and Teaching, and has worked as a teacher, district-level administrator, and a school leader. She has also assumed director roles within both local and international nonprofit organizations dedicated to strengthening multicultural communities and increasing access to high-quality education and learning experiences. Zoë has also worked as the lead planner and strategist on multiple initiatives to open new schools, even serving as the founding principal of a school she opened in Ghana. Working in diverse settings––ranging from the U.S. criminal justice system to Sierra Leone in the wake of the Ebola epidemic––Zoë has developed programs that promote life-skills and social and emotional competencies, as well as initiatives designed to enhance communities and build safe, supportive, and vibrant learning environments.

Since the beginning of her career, Zoë Lewin has pursued the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. Zoë is thrilled to serve on the Fiddlehead board, and support a school that embodies this aspiration.

Carolyn Beem
Board Member

Carolyn is pleased to serve on the board of Fiddlehead Charter School because she appreciates the educational experiences her grandchildren have had at the school. Carolyn is a public affairs manager with L.L.Bean and serves on several business professional boards. The mother of three grown daughters and grandmother of six, she lives in Brunswick with her husband. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, summer, anything outdoors, reading and spending time with the kids.

Vin Micale
Board Member