Griffin Education (GriffinEd) is a 501c3 non-profit team of world-class teachers and performers. Our goal is to give every child access to fun(!!!) music and video that will help them master the content and vocabulary they need for success in school, regardless of ability to pay. We work in the same tradition as the bards, skalds, and griots who have kept and spread their peoples’ knowledge since humans first sat around a campfire; but now we’re doing it online!
Here are some of the amazing people who make it happen:
executive director and lead educator/performer
Tim taught all subjects in Title-1 elementary schools in Los Angeles for 18 years before giving up his tenure to launch Griffin Education, better known as GriffinEd. He loves writing and sharing new music with kids and watching them not only get excited about the STEM and other subjects we teach, but actually perform better on standards-based assessments of their knowledge and vocabulary when they work with our music. Tim has performed to great hilarity and edification for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Teachers’ Association, the California Science Teachers’ Association, NASA, and scores of science fiction & filk conventions; plus a few hundred schools, libraries, museums, and other places of learning. Tim has won the Pegasus Award for Best Songwriter/Composer and for Best Song.
guitar, banjo, vocals
Abby has been a professional musician in Los Angeles for over 10 years. She has composed music for commercials/TV, films, and radio shows around the globe (including The Film Old Fashioned, and This American Life Radio, and TV show The Art of More), and has been placed all over the UK and Germany. Posner appeared in two episodes of GLEE, playing banjo and guitar; and scored two feature documentaries while playing and touring with several bands over the course of her time in Los Angeles. Abby formed her own band ‘Abby and The Myth’ in 2014, and they have taken LA by storm with their catchy indie folk songs. The Myth released their EP “Ghosts and Frames” in April 2015, and have been touring through the Northwest and Southwest. They recently had a residency at the famous Hotel Cafe in Hollywood, and will be recording a new full length record in 2016!
Dr. Chris Robinson
consulting professor of life science, catcher of errors
Dr. Chris Robinson is a paleoanthropologist (say that three times fast) who studies evolution among humans and other primates. He co-directs a project exploring Early Pleistocene sites in Romania to learn more about how environmental changes during that time influenced the dispersal of the first humans into Europe. He is a tenured professor of biology at Bronx Community College where he has taught general biology, anatomy, physiology, and bioethics for 13 years. He has co-authored a published lab manual for general biology, as well as several popular articles on teaching evolution in biology courses and the evolution of altruism in humans. His own altruism includes vetting the lyrics of GriffinEd’s life science songs to find and correct Tim's bonehead mistakes. Any errors that remain in GriffinEd’s life science songs probably happened because we didn’t listen closely enough to Dr. Robinson.
Dr. Jane Robinson
contributing writer, consulting braniac
Dr. Jane Robinson (no relation to Chris except in the paleoanthropological sense) was fascinated by living things since she could walk. As a little girl she loved to observe nature up close, and loved bones especially. She went on to earn degrees in biology, zoology, and paleontology; and became a museum scientist at University of California at Berkeley. Just for fun, she wrote and performed brilliant songs about evolution, dinosaurs, and life in academia. Over the years, Dr. Jane released three albums of crazy science music upon an unsuspecting public: Wackademia, Fossil Fever, and Remains. In 2005, Dr. Jane became Dr. Jim, who no longer performs but remains a prized part of the GriffinEd team, using small words and talking slowly to help us get the science right.
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