UPPER GRADES

6th–8th
Sixth Grade Teacher
Scott Cole

Scott started with Fiddlehead Art and Science Center in the Spring of 2021 in the Special Education Department. He started working in 6th grade and in 2022 got the opportunity to move into the 7th grade classroom as the temporary lead teacher and then the 7th grade special education teacher assistant role.

Scott has a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Visual and Performing Arts from the University of Maine at Farmington. After graduating, Scott started working in the special education field as a School Based Behavioral Health Professional, and has done so for the last 14 years.

Scott lives in Turner with his wife, Jamie and his children Harper, Alyssa and Daniel.

Seventh Grade Teacher
Jonathan Doughty

Mr. Jonathan has been a science teacher in one form or another for 22 years, teaching at both indoor and outdoor, public and private, and even other public charter schools in Maine. He has taught a wide range of physical and life science classes including physics, geology, chemistry, biology, and oceanography.  Mr. Jonathan believes “that good science education—like good science—starts with inquiry, travels through data and analysis, and reaches conclusions that lead inevitably to new questions.”

He received his BA in geology and biology from Brown University. In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Doughty is the father of two young humans, a boatbuilder and woodworker, a board member of the Maine Science Teachers Association, a practitioner of aikido, a medieval fencing instructor and a GM for a weekly Dungeons and Dragons game that is entering its third year!  He and his family also have a new-ish cat, pictured with Mr. Jonathan in a moment of repose.

Fun Fact: When in Madagascar, Mr. Jonathan was at one point taught to sail a dugout canoe by a group of young people who were amazed at the color of his hair.

Eighth Grade Interim Teacher
Lyda Pola

Lyda lives on a farm with horses, dogs, cats and her husband of 42 years.  She started teaching piano as a teenager and kept teaching everything she loved thereafter which included art, music, and horseback riding. Lyda was one of the very first after-school instructors for Fiddlehead when it first opened in Gray 21 years ago.

Seventh & Eighth Grade Assistant Teacher
Kerry Loupe

Kerry holds a Masters degree in Education from Antioch University and a BA in Creative Writing from the University of New Mexico. Teaching since the late 1990’s, Kerry continues to find joy in helping her students find their unique voices as they navigate this amazing world.

A long-time proponent of place-based learning, she is committed to helping her students find connections to the landscape that they inhabit. She believes in learning alongside her students and in working in concert with them to create a classroom community based on authentic communication, honesty, and compassion.

Kerry moved to Maine from New Mexico in 2007 and has loved reconnecting with this land. A horsewoman and artist, she brings an understanding of the ways in which we communicate energetically to the classroom.