Faculty & Staff

Adam Soto,

English, Publications

B.A., Art History and Creative Writing, Knox College; M.F.A., Fiction, University of Iowa Writers' Workshop; Certificate of Completion, The Reading and Writing Project, Teachers College Columbia University
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
"'Tell me things I won't mind forgetting,'" she said. "'Make it useless stuff or skip it.'" - Amy Hempel

Allie Kieffer,

XC, Track/Field Head Coach

Coaching at Griffin since 2023

Andrew Held,


Teaching at Griffin since 2021
"You can't base your life on other people's expectations." - Stevie Wonder

Angel Ortega,

Visual Arts

AAS Visual Communication, Austin Community College; AAS Drafting, ITT Technical Institute
Teaching at Griffin since 2023
Onward, Forward!

Ashley Bruni,


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.

Carlos Silva,

Facilities Manager

Working at Griffin since 2020
"Maybe it's not always about trying to fix something broken. Maybe it's about starting over and creating something better." -unknown

Da'Mon Stith,

Warrior Arts

Coaching at Griffin since 2009

Darrell Limuel,

English, Poetry

Teaching at Griffin since 2023

David Graham,


M.A., Teaching, University of St. Thomas; B.A., Political Science and American Studies, Middlebury College
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
“A meaningful connection to the past demands, above all, active engagement. It demands imagination and empathy, so that we can fathom worlds unlike our own, contexts far from those we know, ways of thinking and feeling that are alien to us. We must enter past worlds with curiosity and with respect. When we do this, the rewards are considerable.” - Gerda Lerner, Why History Matters

Dee Chapman,

Mathematics, Computer Science

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,


B.A., History and International Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; M.A., History, Texas State University
Teaching at Griffin since 2018
"Be confident, not certain." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Erica Nix,

Photography & Aerobics

B.A., Photocommunications, St. Edward's University, Certification in Personal Training, Group Fitness, Hypnosis
Teaching at Griffin since 2017
You are never too much!

Janelle Powell,

Student Support

B.A., English, Texas State University
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
“As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” - Paul Shane Spear

Jessica Compton,


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.

Josie Jesser,

Spanish & Yoga

M.A., Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Latin American Studies, Dickinson College
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
“A different language is a different vision of life.” - Federico Fellini

Kate Megear,

English, Creative Writing

Teaching at Griffin since 2022

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.

Kyle Ligon ,


CrossFit City Limits
Coaching at Griffin since 2015

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

Maria Serrano,


M.A., ESL, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; B.A., Linguistics, University of Texas at Austin
Teaching at Griffin since 2022
“Speak a new language so that the world will be a new world.” - Rumi

Patricia Marquez,

English, Creative Writing

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

Robin Grace Soto,


B.A., Theater, St. Edward's University, Acting Apprentice, Actors Theatre of Louisville
Teaching at Griffin since 2021
“Artists and scientists are activists. They look at the world as changeable and they look upon themselves as instruments for change. They understand that the slice of world they occupy is only a fragment but that the fragment is intrinsically connected to the whole. They know that action matters.” Anne Bogart, What's the Story: Essays about art, theater and storytelling

Ryan Young,

Mathematics, Music

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, Health

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,


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

Sean Eads,

Math, Game Design, YouthSpin

M.F.A., Musical Theatre Composition, NYU Tisch School of the Arts; B.A., Media Studies, Vassar College
Teaching at Griffin since 2021
“It’s all a question of imagination. Our responsibility begins with the power to imagine.” -Haruki Murakami

Sharon Doerre,

World Geography

Ph.D., Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A., Anthropology and Middle Eastern studies, 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

Skye Howell,

Indigenous Cultures and Community

M.A., Educational Equity, CU-Boulder; B.S., Recreation Administration, Texas State University
Teaching at Griffin since 2023
“You are your ancestors wildest dream.” - Morgan Smith, Apache

Valeria Camnasio-Quevedo,


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.

Victoria Ratcliff,


Coaching at Griffin since 2022

Will Burgess,


Working at Griffin since 2022