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.

Lori Towle
Coordinator of Teaching & Learning
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.

Carrie Larson
School Social Worker

Carrie has been passionate about working with people for many years.  Her career path has included experience working in community based programs serving adults and youth who are encountering homelessness, food instability, violence, trauma, neglect, mental health instability.  Following her graduation from New York University with a Masters in Social Work, Carrie began to focus more closely on working with youth to support their success.  Despite her love for her career, Carrie stepped away from social work to care for her three children.  As her children settled into elementary school, Carrie returned to working and found a passion for working with youth in the school setting.  In 2020, Carrie began at the Fiddlehead School of Arts and Sciences as the School Social Worker.  When Carrie is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her family and dog while being outside, reading, and finding ways to laugh.

Bobbie Polland
Business Manager
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 
Atelierista (Art Teacher)

Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Erinn is an artist and teacher with a passion for graphic design, painting with bright colors, and getting messy. She was introduced to acrylic painting by her elementary school art teacher, where she fell in love with the process. The positive experience not only made her want to paint all day, it fueled her desire to become an art teacher.

Erinn studied Studio Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Montclair State University and holds a K–12 Art Teaching Certification.

Erinn has experience as a corporate sign artist for Whole Foods Market and Trader Joe’s, an elementary art teacher for Newark Public Schools, as well as an art instructor for Bergen Community College.

In her spare time Erinn enjoys hiking the Maine coast, biking, practicing yoga, cuddling goats, bird watching, gardening, and propagating succulents.