About Mrs. Griffin
Aliases given to me by students over the years - Mrs. G, The Griffster, Gryffindor, G-force, Mama G, and The Mafia Mama! (I'm Sicilian :)
Family - I have two children. My daughter is a cultural trainer and currently is living in Germany. My son is a network administrator at a hospital and is a super geek. (Remember...the geeks rule the world :) He has been my partner on the Starquest trip since 1999.
Hobbies - I love reading novels, gardening, listening to all kinds of music, watching movies, and working on my computers. I also spend time online Skyping with my daughter while she's away and to my friends from all over the world. I love to travel. During the last few years, I've visited a lot of different places.
I've been to Toronto several times and I love the "most international city in the world".
I've thoroughly enjoyed Hawaii, the big island, where we went snorkeling and saw an active volcano and Oahu, where we went swimming with dolphins.
While my daughter was studying abroad in England, I visited Ireland and England
I was able to spend almost a month in Italy one summer and I got to spend a week in Sicily, visiting the village where my grandfather grew up and saw the ancient ruins there...Ammonini !!!
I was lucky to travel to the beautiful last frontier of Alaska where I walked on glaciers, learned to dogsled and went river rafting. I saw lots of animals at Denali National Park, like caribou, grizzly bears, moose , wolves, and more!
I visited beautiful and wild Nova Scotia, where I hiked the Cape Breton's Highlands, kayaked in the Atlantic Ocean with the whales, and rode the bore tides in a zodiac....the highest tides in the world!
I got to spend several days on an old riverboat on the Mississippi. Great fun!
I visited a huge sandbar, otherwise known as the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where we climbed lighthouses and hit the dunes to chase wild horses.
-The favorite food at my house is pizza, although chocolate is right up there.
- This is the eighteenth year I've taught beginning chemistry and physics in the
gifted program in Rockford. I really love teaching science.
I've worked a lot of different places in my long life, but one of my favorites was working in a hospital laboratory. I worked in the ER a lot!
I love ALL kinds of music. I once saw the Beatles in concert (I'm very old!!!! ) and I loved Blue Man Group when I saw them in concert in Toronto and later saw their improv in Chicago.
My dad ran a restaurant when I was growing up, so I learned to do all the jobs in a restaurant.
Since 1999, I have taken more than 500 kids on a multi-day physics trip in Florida in the summertime called Starquest.