The Wooster High School Alumni and Friends Association, in partnership with the Wooster City School District, is honored to recognize Dr. Jessica Griffin as its first recipient of the Alumni of the Year Award. The award was presented at this year’s convocation, at which Dr. Griffin was featured as the keynote speaker. Dr. Griffin spoke to the 500 employees of the school district about the different ways faculty and staff members of Wooster City Schools can be a positive force in the lives of children who have experience trauma.
Dr. Griffin, a 1995 graduate of Wooster High School, is a licensed psychologist, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the executive director of the UMMS Child Trauma Training Center. She is a nationally recognized expert in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy who has dedicated her life to helping children who have experienced trauma and teaches others on how they can help children through traumatic situations. Dr. Griffin has also appeared on the television shows “Seven Year Switch” and “Married At First Sight.”
“As an alumni of Wooster High School, it was an honor to share the stage with such a distinguished alumni as Dr. Griffin,” said Paige Clayton, director of Wooster High School Alumni and Friends Association. “She makes the entire Wooster community proud with the incredible work she does for children, and I could not think of a better recipient for the inaugural Alumni of the Year Award.”
The Alumni of the Year Award was created to give current Wooster High School students a mentor or an example of a successful alumni who has continued to give back to the Wooster community after their high school graduation. While this is the inaugural year, the award is expected to be given to at least one alumnus per year.
“Dr. Griffin is a fabulous example of the Wooster Way and what one can achieve in life,” said Superintendent Dr. Michael Tefs. “Not only is she very successful in her professional and personal life but she continues to give back to the community by teaching our staff and faculty how they can further help our students who may have gone through something traumatic. We are so extremely proud to call her the Alumni of the Year!”