on faculty since 2006
M.S., Purdue University, Hammond, Indiana, 1988
B.S., Indiana University, Gary, Indiana, 1975
Doctoral Candidate, Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
As a Christian educator, Patricia Taliefero-Griffith’s goal is threefold. First, she seeks to help others praise and thank God for giving them many blessings and gifts. Second, Taliefero-Griffith strives to help others embrace the gift of knowledge. Third, she desires to be a witness for Christ and an example of what it means to be a lifelong learner, stretching herself beyond her capacity to reach and positively influence others.
Taliefero -Griffith’s goals as an educator are firmly rooted in scripture. Proverbs 24:5, which reads, “A wise man has great power, and man of knowledge increases strength,” convicts Griffith that education and learning is a gift to be embraced because it is empowering, providing the educated with the means to help the uneducated and others around them. Often, she intentionally works outside of her comfort zone in an effort to influence others and participate in society as a lifelong scholar. Her confidence comes from Philippians 4:13 which reads, “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
“I am in awe at how God carries out his will in all of us,” said Taliefero -Griffith. “He placed me at Trinity Christian College for his purpose, and I thank God for any opportunity to proclaim his glory. Teaching has always come easy for me because it is a gift and calling of God.”
One of Taliefero -Griffith’s gifts is her ability and desire to connect with each of her students and help them realize their gifts and talents, especially in a diverse classroom setting.
“I have had the privilege of working with students and parents from various ethnic groups and religions. I did not walk into the classroom thinking about students according to their ethnicity or religion; rather, my focus was on the individual needs of each student regardless of race, creed, or religion,” said Taliefero -Griffith. “It is for this reason that I make sure my curriculum recognizes and celebrates the various groups in the classroom, because we are all important and valuable in God’s sight and in his infinite plan.”
For 34 years, Taliefero- Griffith served as an elementary teacher, literacy coordinator, assistant principal, professional developer, literacy consultant, and adjunct professor, proving to be good to her word about her passion for learning and reaching others. Her experience in the field of elementary education only adds to her credibility as an educator at the college level.
Disney Teacher for Excellence
Golden Apple Teacher Award