John Griffin - NYU Steinhardt Teacher Residency Program

John Griffin

John Griffin
Detroit, MI
I hiked the Appalachian Trail (2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia) in 2017.

About Me

I am originally from the Metro Detroit area, but I recently relocated to NYC to start a career as a public school teacher. I spent the past two years working with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan, where I taught English to middle and high school students alongside a Kyrgyz counterpart. I was a double major in English and history, and I am excited to pursue my certification in teaching social studies. Before the Peace Corps, I worked in the Michigan Public School System as a substitute teacher and AVID tutor. I’m excited to get back in the classroom.

What about the residency are you most looking forward to?

I was evacuated from Kyrgyzstan in March due to COVID-19 and had to suddenly say goodbye to my students and community. I miss working in a classroom, and I’m looking forward to developing relationships with a new school and community in the coming year.

Did you have a teacher who made a lasting impression on you?

My social studies teacher in 7th grade was an avid traveler, and he creatively incorporated his experiences into the classroom, primarily through the use of old photograph slides and interesting stories. He motivated me to join the Peace Corps, and now I, myself, hope to become a social studies teacher.