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MSMS Welcomes Two New Teachers

Janet Wise and Dr. Ting Ting Griffin will be teaching a handful of chemistry and microbiology classes through the rest of the semester.

Janet Wise and Dr. Ting Ting Griffin will be teaching a handful of chemistry and microbiology classes through the rest of the semester.

MSMS would like to welcome two new teachers to the school’s ranks.

Janet Wise and Dr. Ting Ting Griffin will take over teaching duties for several of the school’s chemistry and microbiology classes following last week’s departure of biology and chemistry instructor Don Bratton.

Wise is no stranger to MSMS. She taught at the school for 11 years before retiring in 2011. 

“I’m very glad to be back,” she said. “While it’s a bit challenging, it’s very fun as well.”

Wise holds a degree in Biological Science from David Lipscomb College in Nashville, Tennessee and a Master’s in Biological Science from Florida State University. Wise is a veteran teacher of 34 years, and taught in the Columbus City School System before coming to MSMS. 

Wise will be teaching the junior level chemistry courses Chemical Reactions and Energy and Equilibrium.

“While the names of the classes have changed, they are essentially the same classes I taught when I was at MSMS. I am even teaching in my old classroom,” she said.

Wise began teaching at the school this past Monday, and she says the current faculty has done a great job getting her prepared for her classes.

“Dr. Morgan has been a great help,” she said. “I took her syllabus and textbook and she guided me through what they have already had.”

Dr. Ting Ting Griffin has only been in Mississippi since December. She moved here after her husband was assigned to Columbus Air Force Base to take part in pilot training.

Dr. Griffin is originally from China, where she earned a degree in Basic Medicine and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology from Peking University. In 2009, she moved to Chicago where she did post-doctoral work at Northwestern University, where she studied sleep and circadian rhythms. She then moved on to the University of Chicago where she did work in neurophysiology.

Dr. Griffin will be teaching the school’s microbiology courses. She also began working at the school this past Monday. 

“The school is very nice,” she said. “The students are really smart and very kind to me. This week is a lab week, and I think it will be a good chance for them to get to know me and me to get to know them.”

Both Wise and Griffin will be at the school through the end of the spring semester.

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