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Todd Griffin enjoys a moment with AHS students who are dual enrolled in Mayland Community College for the second semester. MCC's High School Enrollment Coordinator Dianna O'Shields (far right) facilitates orientation for the students each semester.
Photo courtesy ACS

Originally published: 2013-01-07 11:01:57
Last modified: 2013-01-07 11:01:57

ACS welcomes Griffin as new principal of Avery High School

Avery County Board of Education members approved Todd Griffin to serve as the new principal for Avery County High School last week. Griffin replaces Mark Garrett, who took an assistant superintendent position with McDowell County Schools in Marion. A committee of nine members including representatives from the school system, administration and community, screened resumes, conducted interviews and followed policy with a unanimous board approval. The committee reported that Griffin expressed a sincere desire to work on a team with other educators where meeting student's needs are the top priority.  
As an educator, Griffin has served in a variety of leadership positions, the most recent as principal of Lake Norman High School in the Iredell-Statesville Schools, where approximately 2,000 students are enrolled. Before entering administration, he served the classroom as an English/drama teacher and was involved in coaching football, basketball and track and field. Griffin attended the University of South Carolina where he received his bachelor of arts in English and a masters of education in educational administration. He is currently working on his doctorate in educational leadership from UNC-Charlotte. Griffin shared that he is very interested in North Carolina School Systems' 21st century curriculum reform particularly the extensive role technology will play in the next five to 10 years.
Griffin said, “I am administrator who is an advocate for student success and achievement.”
ACS Superintendent David Burleson said, “We are thrilled to have a person with Todd Griffin's background and experience to be part of our Avery High School team. With the quality of staff, outstanding students and dynamic leadership in place, there should be no limitations for the future success for our students.”
Griffin will be joined in Avery County by his wife, Amy, along with their two children, Braxton and Emma.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to Joe Wield, retired teacher and administrator who served as the interim principal during the time of transition, according to Burleson.