Adjunct Faculty

Allison Vaughn, Coding

BSN, University of Illinois
Teaching at Griffin since 2017

“Humans are allergic to change. They always say, ‘We’ve always done it this way.’ I try to fight that. That’s why I have a clock on my wall that runs counter-clockwise.”  -Grace Hopper

Carlene South, Basketry

Masters in Elementary Education, Texas State University, BA, English Literature and Drama, Texas A&M University
Teaching at Griffin since 2014

“Using materials from the natural world is an intimate process by which we learn about properties, utility, and aesthetics, ultimately transforming our perceptions and  our very relationship with nature.”

Cory Ryan, Photography & Yearbook

B.A. Film & Video Production, B.A. Broadcast Journalism, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,
Teaching at Griffin since 2016

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place . . . I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” – Elliott Erwitt

Da’mon Stith, Warrior Arts

Mestre and Director, Capoeira

Guild of the Silent Sword

Teaching at Griffin since 2009

Eric Sylvester, Digital Design

B.A., Media Art and Animation, Art Institute of Austin,
Teaching at Griffin since 2017

“I love design because it’s an opportunity to create art that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but functional.”

IMG_2667-Edit-EditGreg Jones, Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass

B.A.A.S., University of North Texas
Teaching at Griffin since 2011


Jack Sanders, Interior Design

M.A., Architecture, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. Architecture, Auburn University, Design Build Adventure
Teaching at Griffin since 2017


Meagan Ciongoli, Comics & Sequential Art

B.F.A. Illustration, Maryland Institute College of Art,
Teaching at Griffin since 2016

“Folks tell each other stories with words and pictures virtually from the age where they can first grip a crayon, and it’s my firm belief that anyone can and should continue to do it. Draw until you can no longer keep from drawing.

Megan Carney, Industrial Arts

M.A., Architecture, University of Texas at Austin (incomplete), B.A., Photography, St. Edward’s University
Teaching at Griffin since 2017


Nicole Mann, 2D Arts

M.Ed. Curriculum & Teaching, Teachers College, Columbia University, MA Studio Teaching, Boston University, B.F.A. Textile Design, Rhode Island School of Design
Teaching at Griffin since 2016

“Feeling and thinking, the head and the hand, the mind and the body, the private and public, seeing and acting, nonverbal and verbal, are all interactive and interconnecting relations that are alive and vital within aesthetic experience.” Margaret MacIntyre Latta.

IMG_2634-Edit-2Rudy Ramirez, Theatre

PhD (in process) Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, M.A., Performance as Public Practice, University of Texas at Austin, B.A. English, University of Pennsylvania
Teaching at Griffin since 2013

“Theatre takes place in a fantasy we create with others, and like any communal experience, requires a relinquishing of control. We love, and we play, in order to learn how to survive letting go.”–Lynda Myoun Hart

IMG_7699-Edit-2Ryan Young, Music

B.S., Mathematics and Secondary Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
Teaching at Griffin since 2011

“Music is my passion. It’s what I’ve built my professional career around.  The opportunity to share that passion with students in a supportive environment is something for which I’m very grateful.  Griffin is a wonderful place to express your creativity and grow as a musician.

GriffinStaff14-77Thomas Schiefer, YouthSpin Radio

M.S, Urban Education, Mercy College, NYC, B.A. Political Science, Fort Lewis College
Teaching at Griffin since 2010

“Youth Spin gives the youth of Austin a voice in a media field that sorely lacks in teenage perspectives. It seems so simple, but having a place where teenagers can share their opinions with others sets up one of the most positive and inspirational learning environments I have ever seen. I am so proud to be a youth spinner.”

IMG_7689-EditTina Sparkles, Fashion Design

B.A., Psychology, Texas State University,
Teaching at Griffin since 2009

“To me, fashion has so many possibilities beyond simply clothing the body.  It can be an art form, a mode of expression and a powerful communicator.   My classes are designed to give students an opportunity to explore, play and use their instinct while also learning the technical aspects of garment-making and pattern-making.  I like to think of it as a nice balance between “rock n’ roll sewing” and traditionally austere methods.”