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 for 15 years.
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 traveled to Hawaii, the big island and Oahu and saw an active volcano
While my daughter was studying abroad in England, I visited Ireland and England
I was also able to spend almost a month in Italy 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 was able to visit 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!
Last summer, I got to spend time on an old riverboat on the Mississippi.
-The favorite food at my house is pizza, although chocolate is right up there.
- This is the seventeenth 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 430 kids on a multi-day physics trip in Florida in the summertime called Starquest.