Alice Maria griffin

Polk assistant director


Alice Maria has been an ardent educator for over a decade as an English teacher, instructional support coach, literacy specialist, and an administrator. She is dedicated to educating students with a quality education that enables them to compete on a national and global platform. She holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University and is a doctoral candidate at the University of West Florida currently pursuing an Education Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.

Working in inner city high schools has given her profound insight on the challenges young adults face as they strive to receive their high school diploma. The experience has given her the relentless drive to ensure that all students at Acceleration Academy take full advantage of the second chance opportunity to successfully graduate from high school. 


­­­Favorite subject in school: English- I have always been an avid reader as well as a creative writer. As a child, I would read under my bed with a flashlight in order to finish a book.

Favorite historical movie: Tuskegee Airmen because it represents the epitome of perseverance.

Favorite food: Thai – specifically Pad See Ew

Favorite non-fictional book: I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai – it depicts the extremes that one would go through in order to receive an education. It also depicts the theme of education empowerment – education allows one to find their power through the gift of knowledge and learning.

Favorite or most significant year in school and why: My graduation year, simply because it was the ending of the foundational years and the beginning of the next phase in my life – I simply love “new beginnings.”