James F. Griffin II is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He graduated from Dillard High School in 1989 before matriculating to the home of the Wildcats, Bethune-Cookman University. At Bethune-Cookman he earned dual degrees in Elementary Education and Specific Learning Disabilities. Mr. Griffin later attended Nova Southeastern University where he earned a Masters Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and a certificate in Educational Leadership.
Mr. Griffin joined the School Board of Broward County School District in 1993. He has taught grades K – 5th as well as Adult Basic Education, General Education, and English to second language learner adults from Haiti, Peru, Russia, Cuba, Brazil and China. Mr. Griffin had the opportunity to serve as an Elementary Generalist for a multi-million dollar grant from Safe and Drug Free Schools serving inner city youth. Additionally, he was selected by his principal to oversee Collin Powell’s Digital Divide Initiative with IBM providing an outreach computer lab for the community with AOL accounts. He was appointed as an Assistant Principal at North Fork Elementary in 2003. During his tenure at North Fork, Mr. Griffin was recognized by the Nations 5thLargest Accredited School District as a finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year and selected by the superintendent to create a 3 – 5 year strategic plan for the district’s annual 151, 000,000 million dollar technology budget. In 2007, Mr. Griffin’s career in the sphere of Education culminated in his selection as Principal of Rock Island Elementary School. Though his tenure at Rock Island has been brief, Mr. Griffin has had phenomenal success in developing a technology infrastructure for the school’s theme “Ask Me About 2020”. These projects include implementing a school-wide Promethean Initiative, which resulted in 100% of the classrooms being equipped with Promethean equipment, transforming the cafeteria into an educational symposium during lunchtime utilizing the Promethean Panel, developing Rock Island’s Virtual School using Promethean and Elluminate software and creating virtual classrooms integrating Promethean lessons with Archos and IPODS systems. After seeing the impact technology had on Rock Island, Mr. Griffin was recently appointed by the Area Superintendent as point person for the entire Dillard Zone to create 21st Century Learning Classrooms. Mr. Griffin’s accomplishments at Rock Island Elementary also garnered him the esteemed privilege of being named the Broward County Principal of the Year for 2010. Mr. Griffin then went on to be heralded the State of Florida Principal of the Year for 2011.
Due to the exceptional accomplishments, Mr. Griffin achieved at Rock Island Elementary School, he received a promotion and now serves as the Principal of Lauderdale Lakes Middle MYP International Baccalaureate World School. At Lauderdale Lakes, Mr. Griffin continues his visionary transformation, increasing academic rigor, digitizing classrooms, providing eclectic extracurricular experiences for his students and preparing today’s students to survive and compete in tomorrow’s global market.
Mr. Griffin has worked diligently with his staff to ensure the students at Rock Island Elementary and Lauderdale Lakes Middle are not only educated but are molded for the 21st Century!