Teacher Spotlight: Mr. Kevin Griffin '96

Kevin Griffin is a Shamrock through and through. Graduating in 1996, he knew he wanted to become a teacher from the age of 16. He credits his teachers, especially those at Catholic Central who had a monumental impact on his life. “I wanted to be like them,” Mr. Griffin stated.  
 
Mr. Griffin went on to graduate from DePaul University in 2000 and has been an educator for 22 years, 14 of them at Catholic Central. 
 
Mr. Griffin says he “follows his bliss to the classroom each day,” and lives by the famous words of writer Joseph Campbell, “‘If you really want to help this world, what you will have to teach is how to live in it.’  That is what I try to do each day,” said Mr. Griffin. “But as I teach my students, I also learn from them.”  
 
His rigorous approach to ensuring his students are well prepared for the world ahead of them is welcomed. 
 
“Mr. Griffin is a teacher that I’ve known since my freshman year and that had my respect from day one,” said Catholic Central Senior Owen Kummer. “The pace of learning in his classroom is no-nonsense and fast paced, but it remains engaging. No one gets left behind in Mr. Griffin’s class, and his door is always open before and after school to those who need help not only with class work but college applications as well. Mr. Griffin understands that his students are young men and treats us as such, and I respect him a lot for that.” 
 
Mr. Griffin’s commitment to education does not stop at the classroom. He is highly involved in afterschool activities that help expand students’ knowledge and give them real-world experiences. Mr. Griffin is the moderator of the Shamrocks for Veterans Club, co-moderator of the Finance Club, editor of Catholic Central’s literary journal, Trinity, and the lead teacher of the school’s Poetry Out Loud program.  
 
Mr. Griffin’s students continue to use his teachings throughout their lives. This fall Mr. Griffin was nominated by a former student and recognized as a 2021 University of Chicago’s Outstanding Educator.  
 
In his nomination letter, Jack Leuker ’21 a freshman at the University of Chicago said, “You taught me to have fun with what I do, but to also respect others and their time while I do it. I could not thank you enough for all of your help and guidance over the past four years in helping mold me into the person that I am today. It would not be possible without you.” 
 
Catholic Central thanks Mr. Griffin for his dedication to students and upholding the school’s values of teaching goodness, discipline and knowledge. 
 
 
Teacher Fast Facts 
 
Favorite Food: South Indian cuisine 
 
Favorite Music: “My favorite musical genre is blues, though I have been on a Motown kick lately.  My favorite albums are Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, Miles Davis' Kind of Blue, and Sam Cooke's Night Beat.” 
 
Fun Fact: I just finished my third marathon (The 2021 Detroit Free Press Marathon). 
 
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time? “I enjoy traveling with my wife and boys, running a property management company with my wife, reading, writing poetry, golfing, and working in the yard.” 
 
Take a class with Mr. Griffin: 
  • Honors English I 
  • Advanced Placement English Literature & Composition
  • Creative Writing
  • Public Speaking 
 
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Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.