Dr. Griffith’s career in education spans nearly 18 years. During her career she has specialized in the coaching and mentoring experiences of transformational principals in urban schools. In 2007, she served as vice principal of the newly constructed Lincoln High, joining an administrative team tasked with opening four small schools on one campus. Her experience also includes serving as lead teacher, facilitator, and later, dean of students of a new small school at the Crawford High Educational Complex — CHAMPs Community Health and Medical Practices.
As executive director, Griffith’s primary responsibilities will be the efficient, day-to-day management of the school with an emphasis on student instruction and well-being. Prior to joining e³ Civic High, Dr. Griffith served as the founding principal of Millennial Tech Middle School for 6 years. During her tenure, the school was designated a “high performing middle school,” achieving a 40-point growth in student achievement gains in the 2010-2011 academic year.
“This new school is an innovative educational partnership and under Dr. Griffith's leadership, will be a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved — particularly the students.”
“I am honored and excited to join this new venture in education and look forward to recruiting a faculty of talented, committed educators,” said Dr. Griffith. “Together, we will make e³ Civic High a successful and special place for learning, friendship, and the exchange of ideas.” She added, “Our core principles of personalized learning, engaging curriculum and high standards for all will provide an invaluable experience for our students.”
The mission of e³ Civic High is to engage the students of urban San Diego in a successful high school experience by providing a meaningful college and career preparatory education focused on a broad spectrum of 21st century literacy, the Common Core standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. Through Problem and Project-Based Learning, focused on STEAM, our students will be engaged to explore the Human Condition throughout each discipline. We believe their educational experience will allow them the determine new possibilities that will improve the Human Condition and make our world a better place.
“Dr. Griffith is an excellent educator and administrator who brings great experience, academic insight and energy to Downtown Charter High (now called e³ Civic High),” said Bill Kowba, superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District from 2010 to 2013. “This new school is an innovative educational partnership and under her leadership, will be a rewarding endeavor for everyone involved — particularly the students.”
Among many professional honors, Dr. Griffith received the 2010-11 Educator of the Year award from the California League of Middle Schools — Region 9, the 2010 Outstanding Educator of the Year award from Lambda Kappa Mu and Pi Delta Kappa’s 2007 award for Outstanding African-American Educator of the Year. In addition, Dr. Griffith was selected as one of San Diego’s 50 People to Watch in 2013 by San Diego Magazine
As a Strengths Learning Community
, Gallup has identified Dr. Griffith's top five Strengths as: Achiever, Learner, Connectivity, Positivity, and Individualization. She leads with these strengths and engages each member of the e3 community to thrive in their areas of giftedness.
Dr. Griffith is a wife and the mother of three children. She received her Doctorate of Education from San Diego State University in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Educational Technology, and the Administrative Services Credential from the same institution with honors. Dr. Griffith holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego.