Tracy Griffin is a learning specialist at the upper school teaching study skills and is a SSD/TAA testing coordinator (SAT/AP/ACT). Tracy began working at CDS in 2014 in the Lower School teaching language comprehension classes to dually-enrolled students at Key School and Lower School. Additionally, she was the Lower School learning specialist teaching the study support classes. In 2017, she moved to Stephens Hall where she was an advisor as well as a learning specialist on the study support team. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education from NC State University, and is a Certified Academic Language Practitioner under the Academic Language Therapy Association and OGCE (Orton-Gillingham Classroom Educator) level member of the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators.
Get to know Tracy Griffin:
What's something you would like people to know about you? "I began my teaching career in 1995 at middle schools in Charlotte and Hickory. After a brief hiatus, I reentered education. My daughter, Maclane (class of 2024), has been at Key School since third grade. Discovering she has dyslexia was at first baffling and heart-wrenching. I was inspired by this to learn more. I am ever grateful to Key Learning Center for providing phenomenal professional development."
What books and authors inspire you, your curriculum, and your classroom? Why? "The Dyslexic Advantage, by Brock and Fernette Eide beautifully shares the misconceptions of dyslexia and shines light on the many, many strengths of dyslexia. This book not only calms the hearts and minds of parents but gives them hope for a successful future for their children. I reread it often."
What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?
I love Jim Valvano and his philosophy on life.
“There are three things we all should do—every day!” he declared. “Number one is laugh—you should laugh every day. Number two is think—you should spend some time in thought. And number three is, you should have your emotions moved to tears—it could be happiness or joy. But think about it: If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day.”
I believe we all, students and adults, need love and support. We cannot forget to educate our students' hearts while we educate their minds. It is vitally important. In order for us to learn, we must feel safe and supported. That is when the sparks ignite.
What personal passion brings balance to your life? "I love cooking and entertaining. After a stressful day, I love to chop veggies - it is my meditation! While growing up, on snow days, my mom would teach my brother and I how to cook. Those are some of my best memories. The love of cooking continued as my husband and I owned several restaurants in a former life. Today, I spend many hours creating and cooking for those I love."
Is there anything else? "I am originally from Asheville—so much, in fact, my great grandfather was born here!"