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.William Spell - Assistant PrincipalMr. Spell comes to the Douglas Anderson family this year serving as one of our Assistant Principals. Previously, he has overseen the Dean’s role at Robert E. Lee H.S. and Andrew Jackson H.S. Mr. Spell graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Communications and went on to earn a Master’s Degree from the American College of Education in Educational Leadership. Mr. Spell brings a vast wealth expertise having taught over 10 years of English Language Arts.