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W.H. Aaron Griffin
Frenchtown Elementary School
Frenchtown School District #40
Frenchtown, Montana


In his short two years as principal of Frenchtown Elementary, Aaron Griffin has developed effective teachers, strong relationships, and a number of programs that have fostered student achievement. Under his leadership, Frenchtown was recently named “Best Public Elementary School” in the state of Montana by the Niche ranking company. One effort that led to Frenchtown's success is Griffin’s implementation of a teacher mentoring program in which new teachers receive training in behavior, curriculum content, and other topics from a grade-level mentor teacher. Griffin is known for being accessible and has built solid connections with teachers, students, and parents alike. “He visits each classroom at least twice a day offering praise or help, whichever is needed,” says fourth grade teacher Jean Whaley. During his time at Frenchtown, he also co-authored the “21st Century Learning Grant” which secured the funds to add after-school and summer enrichment programs with STEM activities, rock-climbing, and more. Other initiatives started by Griffin include the Montana Behavioral Initiative Team, the Student Assistance Team, and robotics and computer coding lessons for upper-level classes. He has been a principal for a total of seven years and taught previously for thirteen years. Griffin is a member of several local and state organizations and a coach for Frenchtown's little league and basketball teams. He holds a B.A. from the University of Montana Western, an M.Ed., and Special Education and Superintendent Endorsements from the University of Montana.