Core Faculty

Ashley Bruni,

Mathematics

B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, Science Teaching Certificate, Texas State University
Teaching at Griffin since 2017
“The world of mathematics opens up a world that you never imagined when you take advantage of the possibilities it opens to you, whether it be seeing the beauty in things or opening up more lifelong opportunities” -Unknown.

Calaandra Mazcuri,

English

Teaching at Griffin since 2021

Darling Membreño,

Spanish

M.A., Spanish Language and Teaching Spanish to Native and Heritage Speakers, University of New Hampshire; B.A., Spanish Liguistics, University of California at Riverside
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
“Learning to speak new languages opens up one’s mind to understanding the world from a different perspective. There are times in which we lack the words to express ourselves in one language, but can find the perfect words in another. Not only can we better express ourselves, but I truly believe that understanding and speaking to somebody else in their native tongue speaks directly to the heart. Let’s quiet our mouths and let our hearts speak to one another in the beauty that is the Spanish language.”

Debra Lambert,

Mathematics

M.A., Teaching, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, B.S., Information Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Teaching at Griffin since 2014
“Math is a wonderfully challenging puzzle that we can use to flex our brain muscles everyday. In class we aim for a safe, comfortable space where we can relax, think and learn. I have learned that getting my students to smile during math class is not only fun, it is imperative to their learning. If we can smile together, we can take risks together.”

Dee Chapman,

Mathematics

M.S. and B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Teaching at Griffin since 2021
"Choose courage over comfort. Choose whole-hearts over armor. And choose the great adventure of being brave and afraid. At the exact same time." - Brené Brown

Emily Glankler,

History

M.A., History, Texas State University; B.A., History, International Studies, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
“Most of the world’s problems could be solved if everyone just paid more attention in social studies class.”

Jack Kaulfus,

English

M.F.A., Fiction, Texas State University, B.A., English Literature, University of Texas at Austin
Teaching at Griffin since 2008
“It’s difficult to feel part of the living world when you can’t access the past or think critically about the present. Reading and creating literature, in all its forms, is a way to forge connections where there appear to be none. It’s my goal to provide a safe space for creating and testing those connections so that students leave my classroom confident in their abilities to not only form ideas, but to communicate them.”

Jessica Compton,

Latin

M.A., Teaching Latin & Classical Humanities, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, Classics, Emory University
Teaching at Griffin since 2016
“Latin is a beautiful, ancient language, and I believe that a Latin program should give students an appreciation for the differences among languages and cultures, improve their English vocabulary and reading skills, establish a core cultural literacy in history and mythology, and impart to them a lifelong fascination with the ancient world and a love of its literature.”

Kyle Clayton,

Sciences, Music

M.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University, B.S., Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M University
Teaching at Griffin since 2017
“Chemistry is the science of various types of matter and how they react to each other. Physics is the science of how matter and forces interact with each other. That covers basically everything… except music. Music encompasses expression, emotion and soul… I can’t imagine a better place to share knowledge in these subjects than with the people of Griffin School.”

Lawrence Morgan,

Social Science

B.A., History & English, University of Texas at Austin
Teaching at Griffin since 1997
“Anyone who cannot give an account to oneself of the past three thousand years remains in darkness, without experience, living from day to day.” -Goethe

Nathali Patino,

Spanish

Teaching at Griffin since 2021

Patricia Marquez,

English

M.A., English, CUNY Brooklyn College, B.A., Liberal Arts, Sarah Lawrence College
Teaching at Griffin since 2020
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored." --Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

Ryan Young,

Mathematics

B.S. Mathematics and Secondary Education, University of Colorado at Boulder
Teaching at Griffin since 2011
"The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between." – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Samuel Griffin,

Sciences

M.A., Secondary Science Education, Mississippi State University, B.A. Science Education, Mississippi State University
Teaching at Griffin since 2014
“Life sciences are such an interesting way to explore the world around us. The sense of wonder and discovery of the worlds we occupy can lead to a deeper understanding of ourselves, and where we fit on this beautiful planet. It is my hope that through these discoveries, my students become more aware of the effects they have on the organisms and environments that they interact with on an everyday basis.”

Savitha Parthasarathy,

Sciences

M.S., Nutrition & Biochemistry, Bowling Green State University, B.S., Nutrition & Microbiology, University of Madras, Chennai, India, M.A., Education, Santa Clara University
Teaching at Griffin since 2021
"Only when our clever brain and human heart work together in harmony can we achieve our true potential!" Jane Goodall

Sharon Doerre,

World Geography

Ph.D., Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, The University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Anthropology, Grinnell College
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
“Cognitive psychology has shown that the mind best understands facts when they are woven into a conceptual fabric, such as a narrative, mental map, or intuitive theory. Disconnected facts in the mind are like unlinked pages on the Web. They might as well not exist.” Steven Pinker

Valeria Camnasio-Quevedo,

Sciences

B.A., Secondary Science Education, Instituto Superior del Profesorado Joaquin V. Gonzalez, Buenos Aires, B.S. Physics, University of Buenos Aires
Teaching at Griffin since 2008
“I strongly believe that everyone can learn Science or anything if they are inspired to find their own path to success.”