Adjunct Faculty

Carlene South,


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."

Bonnie Berry,

Photography & Yearbook

B.F. A. Graphic Design, California College of the Arts, B.A. Language Studies, Univ. of California, Santa Cruz
Teaching at Griffin since 2019
“One of the things my career as an artist might say to young artists is: The things that are close to you are the things you can photograph the best. And unless you photograph what you love, you are not going to make good art.” – Sally Mann

Ciara O’Rourke,


B.A., Journalism, French, Western Washington University
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
"Writing well means never having to say, 'I guess you had to be there.'" —Jef Mallett

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
"Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated." - Paul Rand

Niku Arbabi,

Fiber Arts/Sewing

Teaching at Griffin since 2016

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

Rudy Ramirez,


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

Phil Paternite,

Visual Storytelling

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Western College Program, Miami University (Ohio)
Teaching at Griffin since 2019
"The only safe thing is to take a chance." - Mike Nichols

Ryan Young,


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."

Sandy Miller,

Engineer Your World

B.A. Computer Science, Vassar College
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
To me, being a "math person" means being someone that enjoys the challenge of a good puzzle, that appreciates the shapes and lines in a beautiful work of art, that pauses to see the patterns in the branches of their favorite tree. Being a "math person" does not start with inherent ability or IQ, but curiosity, a desire to understand the world and the drive to crack its puzzles. I hope to show all of my students that they too can be "math people," and together we can approach math with wonder and a smile.

Sarah-Marie Curry,


Angelo State University, Opera Music Theatre
Teaching at Griffin since 2019
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. - Plato

Thomas 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."