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Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year! My name is Jennifer Griffin (formerly Dinehart) and I'm the School Counselor at Fessenden Elementary School! I am so very excited to say that I am going into my 11th year working here at Fessenden (12 if you count my Internships and Student Teaching). Here's a look at my Fessenden Timeline:
07-08: K-5 VE ESE Teacher
08-09: 1st Grade Inclusion Teacher
09-14: 5th Grade Inclusion Teacher
14-Current: School Counselor
I was born and raised in a small town in New York State... No, not New York City, but the Finger Lakes Region, which is an absolutely beautiful and scenic area. I graduated from Midlakes High School in 2003 and spent my first year of college at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. I decided I was too far away from home (which is funny as the story continues) and decided to move back to New York and attend Keuka College. In 2007 I graduated from Keuka with my Bachelors Degree in Elementary and Special Education with a minor in Psychology. During my Senior Year at Keuka I decided to ask permission to complete my Internship and Student Teaching at a school in Florida, which is 3x as far away from where I was in New Hampshire! My application was granted and I found my new home away from home, which has now become permanent at Fessenden Elementary!
Furthering my education didn't stop here... I began working on my Masters Degree in School Counseling in August of 2007 and graduated in the Spring of 2011. I can happily say that I've landed my dream job as the School Counselor at Fessenden and there's nothing that I wouldn't do for this school. Every family, every student, every staff member holds a special place in my heart. The bonds I have formed with students/families and co-workers throughout the years is priceless! I absolutely love my job and I can't believe I'm going into YEAR 11!!!
I married my amazing husband in July of 2014 and we have the most precious little girl who is almost 3 years old! When I'm not here at the school I'm enjoying our "Ohana Time."