Melanie Hammer – Principal
Ms. Hammer joined the Douglas Anderson family in 2005, serving as a math teacher and assistant principal before taking the reins as principal in 2017. She earned a B.S. in Mathematics Education from the University of Georgia and a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from the University of North Florida. In 2007 Ms. Hammer earned National Board Certification and was selected Douglas Anderson’s 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year. In 2016 Ms. Hammer was awarded the Top Emerging Arts Leader award from the Arts Schools Network which recognizes excellence and achievement among the nations rising arts schools administrators. She has served on the board of FASA, Florida Association of School Administrators, and is currently serving on various boards in the community.Jacquelyn Cinotti-Dirmann - Assistant PrincipalMs. Cinotti has spent most of her career teaching Spanish at the middle school level. She also worked for 6 years at the district office coordinating the DCPS World Languages programs. After serving as a Test Coordinator for 3 years at Wolfson High School, Ms. Cinotti transitioned to administration, joining the DA team as the Assistant Principal of Curriculum in the summer of 2016.
Ms. Cinotti earned a B.A. in Spanish from Stetson University and a M.Ed. in Secondary Educational with a concentration in Spanish from the University of North Florida.
Ms. Cinotti is a promoter of lifelong learning and professional development and collaboration through membership in professional organizations. She is the Executive Director of the Foreign Language Educators of Northeast Florida (FLENEF) and also serves on the Board of the Florida Foreign Language Association (FFLA).
Ms. Cinotti has been recognized for her teaching as well as her contributions to the profession. In 2008, FFLA awarded her the Irving Wershow Award which recognizes leadership in the field of foreign language education. In 2010 Ms. Cinotti was selected as Oceanway Middle School’s Teacher of the Year and went on to become a district semi-finalist. Later that year she was inducted into the FFLA Teacher Hall of Fame and in 2011 she was named the FLENEF Educator of the Year. Finally, Ms. Cinotti was selected as the state’s Foreign Language Teacher of the Year in 2013.Jay Franklin - Assistant Principal of CurriculumJay Franklin has served the students of Duval County Public Schools for 13 years. Mr. Franklin is a second career educator. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Commercial Recreation and Tourism from Georgia Southern University in 2001, he worked in the tourism industry as the Supervisor of Loss Prevention at the Ritz Carlton. Believing that he could have a positive impact on the lives of children, he transitioned to the teaching profession. His career in education began at Highlands Middle school where he taught eighth grade Algebra and Geometry. After teaching for several years, he served as a math coach. In 2013, Mr. Franklin earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. Since earning the advanced degree, he has served as an instructional leader in the capacity of Assistant Principal at Baldwin Middle Senior High School, Duncan Fletcher High School, Lake Shore Middle School, and presently Douglas Anderson School of Arts.Mr. Franklin's educational experiences have afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of people to meet the common goal of increasing student achievement and well-being. His educational philosophy is based on his uncompromising belief that all students can learn, given a positive learning environment, strong and knowledgeable leadership, a committed and focused educational team, an encouraging community, and a supportive family, all of which Douglas Anderson School of Arts possesses.
Mr. Franklin looks to not only inspire his students but to also ensure they understand how much they serve as motivation for him. Observing students learn, grow, transform and flourish is the catalyst to continue the educational journey as a learning leader. He takes great pride in the many lives he has been able to help shape as an educator and firmly believes his career is more than a profession but, instead, a divine calling.