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Brett Griffin: Best Principal

Brett Griffin: Best Principal

How long have you been teaching? What grades and subjects have you taught?

I have been in education for 22 years. I taught elementary PE for three years and then taught health at the high school (ECHS) for 15 years. I then moved to South Effingham High School to be assistant principal. After 2 years, I moved to Crossroads to be the coordinator. This is my first year as the principal at Ebenezer Middle School. 

What made you want to become a teacher?

I have always loved working with young people and watching them learn and grow. I had several teachers and coaches in my life that helped inspire me to want to follow in their footsteps.

What motivated you to move into administration?

I wanted to move into administration because I enjoy the challenge. We have a lot of great schools in our county and I wanted the opportunity to work with and learn from other great administrators.

What do you enjoy most about being a principal?

Working with all the faculty, staff, and students. Each day when I come to work there is a new challenge and I enjoy working with all of the great people at Ebenezer Middle to make the days run smoothly.

What is the hardest part about being a principal?

The hardest part of being the principal is making the tough decisions that some do not like. You always want teachers, students, and parents to want to come to school and enjoy being here but it is not always that easy.

What do you enjoy most about working at Ebenezer Middle?

The people. Everyone has been so welcoming and supportive as I have transitioned into this position.

What has been your proudest moment in your educational career?

I think my proudest moments are the friendships you create with all of the people you get to work with. I truly feel like I have the best job and get to work with some amazing people in Effingham County Schools.

How do you feel about being named Best Principal?

I am very humbled. I know there are a lot of great leaders in Effingham County Schools and I appreciate the acknowledgement.