From the New Superintendent
The new school year is getting closer by the day so I would like to introduce myself to all the students, parents and community members and provide a little bit about my background and family. I am George Griffith, Ph. D. and usually go by “Dr. G.” when interacting with the students but I’m not big on for titles so nonstudents can call me Dr. G, Mr. G, or George. My first day in the district was July 1st with this being my 15th year as a superintendent and 22nd year in education. My teaching experience was in science mainly the life sciences but had the pleasure of teaching 7-12 science in Kansas. I also worked as the state science consultant for the Kansas Department of Education and taught middle school science in Fort Worth, TX which I really enjoyed. I grew up in southwestern PA reared by a single mom with four brothers and one sister. I never planned on going to college and started working as a small engine mechanic for my step-father and have ten years’ experience as a welder-fitter where I was not impressed by college boys. However, I needed to change careers due to an injury so my first higher education experience was at Penn State where I earned an Associate’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.
While working as a med tech, I went to Clarion State University in Clarion, PA where I earned a B.S. in Secondary Ed in General Science and Biology. I became interested in school administration to help a larger group of children at one time so I earned a Master’s degree from Fort Hays in School Administration and completed my education with a Ph. D. from Kansas State in curriculum and instruction. In the years between welding and going to college, I worked as a cook, a maintenance man, and in construction. My unique background helps me relate to students and families with diverse backgrounds, from various financial situations and with multiple life experiences.
Every student is equally important to me and my goal is to be approachable to everyone and helping people feel comfortable when visiting with me whenever they need to. I have a “student first” philosophy to education using a team approach. As a team leader, I like to include all stakeholders in meeting the needs of our students by providing the best education for our students we can. Quality education is not only beneficial to the child but it’s beneficial to the communities we serve.
My wife Cheryl “Cheri” and I have her sister, Linda, living with us and I am sure many of you will see them around. Cheri and Linda are the only siblings and Linda needs help with daily life situations which is why Cheri no longer works outside the home. We have four children and eight grandchildren and the move to HTRS has us within a two-hour drive of the grandkids which is exciting.
The greatest excitement for me is getting the chance to meet the students and helping each child be the best they can be which is why I became an educator in the first place. Enjoy the rest of your summer!!
I look forward to meeting with you at the Superintendent “Meet and Greet” in the commons area on Tuesday, August 10th during open house from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served!