Third Grade Teacher
Third Grade Assistant Teacher
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.
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.
Fifth Grade Teacher
Fifth Grade Assistant Teacher
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.
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.
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.
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.
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