Jonathan Griffith

Education and Outreach Associate, Curriculum Developer

Jonathan Griffith

Biography

Jon Griffith is an Education and Outreach Associate at CIRES.  He works on several projects at CIRES as a curriculum developer, including the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate (MOSAiC) international. Prior to joining the CIRES Education and Outreach, Jon was most recently a middle school life science and physical science teacher at Mount Elden Middle School in Flagstaff, Arizona. Before becoming a classroom teacher, Jon was a graduate student at Northern Arizona University (NAU), receiving an MS in geology studying lake sediments as a proxy for past climate and environmental change. He earned a MAT-S (Master of Arts in Teaching Science) and NAU and a BS in Geology at Union College. He is passionate about connecting students to the natural world through authentic and engaging science curriculum.

 

Professional Preparation

 

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ: Master of Arts in Teaching Science, 2014

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ: Geology, M.S. 2014

Union College, Schenectady, NY: Geology, B.S. 2011

 

Appointments

 

8th Grade Science Teacher, 2014-2019, Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ

National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) collaborative textbook project, 2018-2019, Flagstaff, AZ

NSF GK12 Biotechnology Integration Opportunities for Teacher Education and Content, 2013-2014, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Environmental Educator, 2013-2014,Teton Science Schools, Jackson, WY

Graduate Research & Teaching Assistantship, 2011-2013, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

 

Synergistic Activities

 

  • Middle School Life and Physical Science Teacher- Taught as a part of the Alpine Leadership Academy, an experiential education magnet program within Mount Elden Middle School, Flagstaff, AZ. Developed and lead place-based overnight expeditions throughout the southwestern United States: Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Navajo National Monument, Canyon de Chelly National Monument
  • National Science Teacher Association (NSTA) collaborative textbook project -Developed and facilitated four middle/high school biology units in collaboration with Northern Arizona University and the University of Connecticut. Units were created using the model-driven inquiry framework and will culminate in the publication of a textbook.
  • NSF GK12 Biotechnology Integration Opportunities for Teacher Education and Content, A year-long project to design and integrate curriculum incorporating climate and environmental change concepts into a 6th grade classroom.  

 

Publications and Presentations

 

Riihimaki, Catherine A.; MacGregor, Kelly; Myrbo, Amy; Bradtmiller, Louisa; Brady, Kristina; Oddo, Perry C.; Griffith, Jonathan, 2011. Undergraduate Lacustrine Research Focusing on Environmental Change at Glacier National Park, Montana: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Poster. GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition; October 9-12; Minneapolis, MN.

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