The faculty at the Griffin School is a diverse, dedicated, and passionate group of scholars. They are expert in their teaching fields and interact with students with great respect, sensitivity, and professionalism. Griffin School teachers are addressed by their first names, a practice that is indicative of the genuine relationships between students and teachers.


Adam Wilson,

Co-Founder, Head of School

B.A., Mathematics, Vassar College
Working at Griffin since 1996
“One of my favorite quotes is ‘Work is love made visible.’ (Gibran) I feel lucky every day that my work is meaningful and that I get the chance to make a real and positive difference in the lives of our students and families. I am passionate about engaging young people in their own education and personal development, and I hope that my collaboration with our talented, dedicated teachers models a love of work and of learning that inspires our students to develop a life full of meaning and service.”

Lawrence Morgan,

Associate Director

B.A., History, English, University of Texas
Teaching at Griffin since 1997

Caroline Wilson,

Director of Admissions & Student Life

B.A., Communications, German, University of Notre Dame
Working at Griffin since 2001
“When I tour prospective families through Griffin, I get to see it through new eyes each time. There’s beauty and magic behind every door. I love seeing the moment when prospective students get what a special place Griffin is and realize that they can be a special person at Griffin.”

Susan Graham,

Director of College Counseling

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, M.A. Columbia University, B.A., Northwestern University
Teaching at Griffin since 2021
One of my favorite authors is Maya Angelou who said, "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." She also said, "I believe that every person is born with talent." Each person brings their own gifts to the world, but we are all in different phases of metamorphosis. As educators, our work rests in seeing the butterfly within the caterpillar. In turn, we enjoy the privilege of guiding our students through the journey and watching as they realize their true beauty through their many talents.

Johnny Walker,

Art Director

B.F.A. Sculpture and Painting, Kansas City Art Institute
Teaching at Griffin since 2012
“I became a teacher because I love to learn. Art is about asking questions, exploring for answers, and finding ways to share the things you’ve found with others. It’s the same with teaching. The classroom is a laboratory for learning. Everyone in my classroom is there to question and research, including me. I guide the class simply because I’ve had more experience, but we are all there to learn and share.”

Akina Adderley,

Music Director

B.A., American Studies, Yale University
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
“Being a music mentor is profoundly meaningful. Music serves a variety of vital functions for individuals and for society: it provides tools for self expression, ignites memory, cultivates connection, promotes cultural awareness, documents history, and speaks truth to power. Surely guiding students through these functions and preparing them to use their voice in this way will contribute to a saner, sweeter, safer world. Helping students to develop artistic fluency so that they can express themselves, comment on their world, communicate and collaborate, listen, gain confidence, and share generously makes me happy and grateful.”

Angé Eaton,

Development Director & Operations Administrator

M.A., International Communication, American University; B.A., Political Science, University of Pittsburgh
Working at Griffin since 2017
“I have come to learn that teenagers are people, too, and in fact, we adults have as much to learn from them as they have to learn from us! I feel fortunate to work with a community of people who embrace that concept wholeheartedly. One of the most rewarding things for me to witness at Griffin is the predictable process of incoming students beginning to trust the genuine nature of their new school environment and subsequently blossoming more fully into their authentic selves.”

Blair Williams,

Athletics Director

B.E.S.S, Exercise and Sports Science, Texas State University
Coaching at Griffin since 2021
"Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it." - Michael Jordan

Deborah Overdorff,

Director of Student Support

Ph.D., Duke University; B.A., Psychology, University of the South
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
"Every child deserves a champion, an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of the connection, and insists they become the best they can possibly be." Rita Pierson, educator

Louise Hanks,

Director of Social Emotional Learning

M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, B.A., Sociology and Rhetoric & Composition, Oberlin College
Working at Griffin since 2021
“I'm a feminist so I believe in inhabiting contradictions. I believe in making contradictions productive, not in having to choose one side or the other side. As opposed to choosing either or, choosing both.” - Angela Davis

Jayme Zigler,

School Secretary

Associates Degree, History, Austin Community College
Working at Griffin since 2019
"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us." - JRR Tolkien

Trisha Hailey,

Finance Administrator

B.S.W., University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work; Certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor, Yoga Yoga
Working at Griffin since 2022
“Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion.” - Brené Brown