Giffin assumes the position vacated by former Principal John Wilson, who has resigned to take a job in a Christian school closer to his home in Alabama.
“Mr. Giffin has done an outstanding job as a supervisor at the central office, but he is needed back at the middle school and is very willing to serve where he is the most effective for the students,” said Dr. Janine Wilson, director of the Fayetteville City School System.
“I believe he has expanded his expertise and that will help him be an even better principal and instructional leader,” she added. “Steve is another example of the reason our system is special and successful — dedicated team players willing to do whatever it takes to enhance our program for students.”
Giffin has spent his entire teaching career with the Fayetteville City School System, starting as physical education teacher in 1997 for both Fayetteville Intermediate School and Ralph Askins Elementary. He then became assistant principal at Fayetteville Intermediate School in 2000 and was named principal in 2005. Giffin served as principal at Fayetteville Middle School until the end of the 2013-2014 school year, when he moved to the school system’s central office as a supervisor over Special Education, Attendance and the system Student Information System.
Giffin said that while he has enjoyed his time as a supervisor in the central office, he is looking forward to returning to the principal’s position.
“I’m very excited to come back, and I feel honored to be asked to come back,” Giffin said last week. “It’s a great school with a great staff.
“I’m really looking forward to being back with the kids every day and being involved with all the school programs,” he added. “I’m excited to come back to this great staff of teachers because they really are phenomenal.”
Giffin’s goal for the school is to ensure that the students are the number one priority.
“Everything here needs to be student driven, and that’s what we all have to keep in mind,” he said. “Everything we do every day should be working for the kids. We want to make this place as good and productive as possible, to make this place the best we can make it for our students.
“We want to provide the best programs and the best education we can — that’s our goal,” he added.
Giffin and his wife, Amy, a teacher in the Fayetteville City School System, have been married for 15 years. They have two children, Matthew, who will be a freshman at Fayetteville High School in the fall, and Hannah, who will be a seventh grader at Fayetteville Middle School.