Northwest says goodbye to beloved CTE teacher

Griggs will pursue a new position teaching at the CTEC, pictured above.

Griggs will pursue a new position teaching at the CTEC, pictured above.

CTE teacher Christopher Griggs will be leaving Northwest this March to begin a new stage in his career as an educator. Griggs has worked at Northwest for 22 years in various positions teaching physics, Modeling and Animation, and Game and Art Design. 

“(At Northwest), I participated in the creation and teaching of a brand new course of study called Scientific Visualization,” Griggs said. “It’s a blend of science, 3D computer modeling, and animation.”

Through the creation of these classes, Griggs has influenced hundreds of students over the past two decades to pursue careers in technology. These classes gave Griggs the freedom to create new, innovative methods of teaching science concepts.

“(Teaching these classes) has been an exciting path that allowed me to teach, write, research and develop new curriculum materials,” Griggs wrote in a letter to his coworkers. “I will sorely miss and regard with great fondness Northwest High School.”

Griggs has chosen to transfer to Alamance County to pursue a new position teaching in the Burlington Career Technology Education Center (CTEC). 

“I will teach Scientific Visualization in a new technology-centered high school, (the CTEC)” Griggs said. “I will also have the opportunity to start one or two even newer programs of study.”

The Northwest community has embraced Griggs for the past 22 years and has expressed great appreciation for his contributions to the CTE and science programs. In addition to being a valued teacher, Griggs also is a father to two students at Northwest, David and Lily Nguyen. 

“My dad loves what he teaches,” Lily Nguyen said. “I’ll miss having him by my side for the rest of high school.”

As he departs Northwest, Griggs is filled with a “mixed bag of emotions”. While leaving behind this phase of his career, Griggs is excited for what is to come.

“(During my time at Northwest), I hope I have been able to stir up some interest and excitement for careers in science and technology,” Griggs said. “I will deeply miss Northwest High School.”