Natalee has taught grades 3–12 in private schools in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine for 25 years. She comes to Fiddlehead after a year of serving as the Community-Based Learning Coordinator at Harpswell Coastal Academy. She holds a MEd in Problem-Based Learning and Critical Skills from Antioch University New England, where she is an adjunct instructor. She is always looking for opportunities to share her passions for experiential learning, the outdoors, and literacy, as well as opportunities to help others develop and share their own passions. She is a Registered Maine Guide. Outside of school, Natalee can be found buried in a book, snuggling her cat, skiing with her niece and nephews, wandering in the woods, or in her kayak.
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.
Mandy received her BA in Fine Arts, with a concentration in sculpture, from the University of Southern Maine in 2001. She also studied at Montserrat College of Art and the University of Central Lancashire. She started to pursue a career in education in 2003.
Mandy is a School Based Behavioral Health Professional, having worked in both preschool and high school Special Education settings for more than 6 years. She is a certified K-12 art teacher and K-8 general education teacher, and has been both a General Education Teacher and Art Teacher to students ages 3 to 14. Her general education experience was as THE teacher at the Monhegan Island School, a PK-8 one-room schoolhouse on a remote island 10 miles from shore in Muscongus Bay. Mandy was the lead teacher there from 2015 to 2020.
Aside from teaching, Mandy owns a small, artisanal chocolate company with her husband, which is dedicated to art, sustainability and community. Their bars and confections use plastic-free packaging and can be found throughout Maine, New England and beyond. Together they also put on art, music and comedy shows in the midcoast, where they live with their two sweet cats.