COVINGTON — Covington schools welcomed new District Technology Director Eric Griffith, who brings with him over 15 years of experience in educational technology.
“I am extremely honored to be the new District Technology Director at Covington Exempted Village School District,” Griffith said.
Griffith, who is from Tipp City, worked for the Mechanicsburg Exempted Village School District for the last eight years in the same role. He called the move to the Covington school district a “fantastic opportunity,” giving him more time with his family by cutting his commute time to work in half.
Griffith is also enjoying the district, noting that the district staff truly cares about its students.
“Professionally, I have worked in large and small districts before, and I truly enjoy the smaller district lifestyle,” Griffith said. “The staff here have shown me in the first few months that they truly care about the well-being of the students and the community by doing whatever it takes to motivate and educate the youth of Covington.”
Griffith, in addition to his previous experience with Mechanicsburg, has also been working in the educational technology field for over 15 years, saying that he has “loved every minute of it.”
“I am not your typical technology professional, I enjoy presenting and providing professional development to other teachers and technology professionals,” Griffith said. “Historically, I have presented on a wide variety of educational and technology-based topics either in the classroom or at conferences. I pride myself on finding out the best way to get the job done in a cost-effective and timely manner. I feel I am a great fit for Covington, as we share the same values and passion for teaching and learning.”
Griffith also went over his goals for the district, including working toward being paperless, along with continuing the district’s ongoing one-to-one initiative that gives every student access to a Chromebook.
“One of my goals for Covington will be to transition the district to a paperless workflow,” Griffith said. “To start over the summer, the district will move to electronic forms for parents, eliminating all the necessary and repetitive paper forms they complete each and every school year.
“Then on to the classrooms, focusing on how the district’s existing one-to-one Chromebook program will utilize less paper, saving the district on consumable paper costs and costly digital printers and copiers,” Griffith said.
He went on to explain that “a goal like this will require great communication, collaborative planning and training for staff, students, and parents, and should be an ongoing process as new technology emerges over the years. My experience working with technology, providing professional development and being a leader in the world of educational technology is perfect for this goal.”
Griffith is also prepared to help the district adapt to any new technology advancements as well as use technology to help prepare students for their futures.
“I am a firm believer that new technology isn’t the answer to everything, and sometimes that less technology is the better option, however I also see the bigger picture,” Griffith said. “Our jobs are to prepare our students for careers and opportunities that we may not know exist yet, and doing our due diligence by exposing our students to new technologies and possibilities is the best option.
”I look forward to continuing my career here at Covington, and can’t wait to to get into the classrooms and aid in the teaching and learning of our Buccaneers!”
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