UPPER GRADES

 
2nd–7th Grade Remote Learning Coordinator
Val Buteau

Val began studying education while still in high school, after being accepted into a vocational program. She continued on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She’s been with Fiddlehead School since 2016, and works for Fiddlehead Center in the summer season. She is known for her warm hugs, kind words, and flexibility within our school, having helped in a few different roles since her start here. She enjoys spending time with family, testing her knowledge at trivia, and cooking.

3rd grade
Mara Wiggin

Mara has an undergraduate degree in Plant and Soil Sciences, got her M.S. in General & Special Education K–8, and has been working in special education for over 10 years and is excited to be the 3rd grade teacher as she has always wanted a classroom full of curious students. She was drawn to Reggio Emilia’s holistic, place-based, experiential approach toward becoming a lifelong learner. In her personal life, Mara loves running, biking, gardening, and the beach.

Kym Johnson 2nd GRADE TEACHER ASSISTANT2nd and 3rd Grade Teacher’s Assistant
Kym Johnson

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.

4th Grade
Jen Damon

Jen Damon attended the Maine School of Science and Mathematics and studied Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor before earning her B.A. in education from the University of Maine. She spent the first few years of her teaching career in a traditional public middle school.

After having her own children and being very involved in their district school, she was excited to learn about Fiddlehead—both for herself as a teacher and for her children as students. Jen loves Fiddlehead’s interdisciplinary approach to learning; its sincere appreciation for the individual needs, interests, and strengths of each child; and its commitment to educating the whole child. She joined the teaching team at Fiddlehead in 2016 and feels like she has found the sweet spot with fourth grade.

Outside of school, Jen enjoys reading, educating herself about social issues and history, and walking in the woods and playing in rivers and lakes with her family.

5th Grade
Jonathan Erde

 

4th and 5th Grade Teacher’s Assistant
Sara Giuliano

 

6th Grade
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.

John Wensman 5TH 6TH GRADE TEACHER7th Grade
John Wensman

John earned a BA in English and French from the University of Minnesota and an MAT from Brown University. He taught in public, independent, and international schools before moving to Maine to join the experiential, place based, Coastal Studies for Girls semester school. He is enthusiastic about working with young people to create purposeful learning experiences. Beyond school he’s passionate about coffee, running, music, and exploring Maine’s coastline on foot or by kayak.

6th and 7th Grade Teacher’s Assistant
Cara Smith
RTI Specialist – Upper Grades
Stacie Riechel

Stacie’s career in education began as a parent volunteer where she discovered a love of working with children in an academic setting. This transformed into several years of substitute teaching in grades K–8 and then for two years as a Spanish teacher in grades K–2 before joining the Fiddlehead team in 2017 as a teacher assistant on the 5/6 team. She is excited for her role in RTI to continue her work with the upper grades. Outside of the classroom, Stacie enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, hiking, biking, downhill skiing, reading, studying the mind/body connection, and dancing around the house with her husband and three children.