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.
Kristen graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English and went on to receive Teaching Certification from Southern Connecticut State University. Throughout many years of teaching at the early childhood and elementary levels in public, private and nonprofit educational settings, she has adhered to an interdisciplinary methodology and nature-based curriculum with focus on the natural cycles within the seasons; the reciprocal relationships between humans and the animal and plant kingdoms; as well as the commonality of the human experience around the world in terms of how we depend upon, appreciate, and celebrate the elements and ecosystems that sustain us.
Being with children grounds her in simple wonders—and she is inspired by the everyday joyfulness, spontaneity and creativity of children. With her husband, three children, numerous adopted dogs and cats, she has for 25 years been nestled in the woods of Freeport, where she and her family joyfully ski, snowshoe, and run the trails out back; skate on, paddle, and swim in the neighborhood pond; and cultivate gardens and gratitude for the natural beauty out the door.
Distance swimming is her meditation, as is time with the ocean while boating and exploring the islands and beaches of Casco Bay.
Josh earned his B.A. in English from Bates College and his teacher certification through the University of Southern Maine. Josh has been working in education for 10 years, first finding his joy for working with children while living in Oakland, California. After moving to Maine in 2014, Josh taught Pre-K for several years and fell in love with the natural curiosity and exuberance of early childhood and elementary education. When not at school Josh enjoys sun, sand and song, New England sports and being with his partner Lily and their cat Omar at home in Portland.
Christa has a B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine with a minor in Disability Studies. She has worked in non-traditional education settings working with students from the preschool to post-secondary level. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and listening to podcasts about science!
Sherri-Ann earned a B.S degree in Elementary Teaching from Plymouth State College, a Master of Science and Certificate of Advance Studies in Literacy Education from the University of Southern Maine. Sherri-Ann is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Reading. She has been teaching for 20 years in various grades. She resides in Gray with her husband and two children. When not teaching she enjoys camping, the beach and all things Disney!
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 newly found joy working with children. Since moving on from a long and successful career in the business world, Rhonda has begun a new career in education and is loving every minute. In addition to assisting in the Pre-K classroom, Rhonda also teaches group violin classes to several grades at Fiddlehead School and offers private violin lessons for Fiddlehead Center. In her spare time, she performs with several traditional fiddle groups and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
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.
Kym is a recent college graduate from the University of Southern Maine in which she earned her B.S degree in English with a K-8 teaching certification. While earning her degree, Kym was a substitute teacher at Fiddlehead School for the past 3 years and worked as a before and aftercare teacher at Fiddlehead Center. Kym has always had a love and passion for working with children and is thrilled to start her career off working with us here in 2nd grade. In her free time, she enjoys spending time at the lake, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.