Kaija Griffin

Kindergarten Teacher

(928) 348-7240 

Courses Taught: 

All Kindergarten Subjects




I started my education at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low in 1993 and graduated from NAU with a Bachelor of Science in 1998.  I continued my education while teaching first grade in Thatcher and received my MA in Elementary Education from NAU in 2006.  I have an ELL, Reading, and an Early Childhood Endorsement.  For one year I attended specialized training with CLIP for reading strategies in Sierra Vista and have enjoyed two weeks of training in Spalding Phonics in Tucson.


I began teaching in the Thatcher Unified School District the school year of 1998-99.  

1st Grade - 4 years

3rd Grade - 2 years

Title 1 - 1 year

Kindergarten - since 2004-05

About me

As a mother of six of my own children and four step-children I have had the privilege of working with some outstanding young people.  I'm looking forward to my 27th grandchild coming in December and I keep thinking life doesn't get any better than this.

I graduated from Thatcher High School in 1972 and it has been my dream since I started back to school to come to Thatcher to teach.  I absolutely love what I do.  I want to inspire, enlighten and sometimes even entertain young people.  I love to read, and want to encourage a love of learning in all young minds.  With conscientious parents and a secure and loving classroom environment a young child can do anything they set out to do.  I want to motivate them to reach for the "stars" and become whatever they want!  I firmly believe our children need time and freedom to play, create and learn because all of those work very well together.