TOSS is proud to announce that our September Superintendent Spotlight is Dr. Mark Griffith. He has served as the Director of Schools in Marion County for ten years.
Dr. Griffith was excited to tell his peers about his district's partnership with Chattanooga State TCAT that helps students receive a Certified Production Technician certificate upon high school graduation. South Pittsburg High School was the first high school in Tennessee to graduate all students 100% College and Career Ready. He also told us about their new Early College option for students in grades 9-12. They also have rising ACT scores in their district!
When asked what his favorite part of his job is, Dr. Griffith answered, "I love being part of a collaborative effort with my great staff to help the students of Marion County. In such a rural setting, we see the good and the bad situations, but if our efforts can help make those bad situations better, then everything we do here is worth it."
Dr. Griffith also shared his favorite memory from his superintendency, in which he was able hold a special graduation ceremony in a children's hospital for a student with cancer. He got to help fulfill her one wish just twenty days before her passing. He stated about his experience, "losing a child at sixteen to cancer myself who wanted more than anything to graduate with her peers, it was very enjoyable to see that young lady receive her diploma and the smile on her face."
We are so honored to work with leaders like Dr. Griffith.