Administration

Welcome to Griswold High School, Home of the Wolverines!

Griswold Public Schools educates for excellence by ensuring our students are connected, by nurturing individual student talents, and by fostering a future-focused mindset. Our students benefit from an impressive variety of academic, athletic, and extracurricular offerings, and close connections with staff members that are truly dedicated to their success. The Administration and staff of Griswold High School are dedicated to educating for excellence by empowering students to become compassionate, confident, creative, resourceful members of society. Griswold High School provides a safe and accepting atmosphere in which all individuals learn, broaden their horizons, and achieve their full potential. Graduates of Griswold Public Schools journey into the future as engaged citizens, effective communicators, critical thinkers, and resilient problem solvers.

Griswold Wolverines, you are embarking on the final years of your public school experience in preparation for your future! Your administrators, teachers, school counselors and staff are all here to support you. 

We are proud of our students. We are proud of our school. We are proud of our community. We are Griswold, Wolverine Strong!

~Mrs. Palonen & Mrs. Dillon

GHS Administration Team


Principal
Erin Palonen
EPalonen@griswoldpublicschools.org

Mrs. Palonen was appointed Griswold High School Principal on July 1, 2016, after serving as Director of Special Education for the District. Mrs. Palonen has worked as a member of Griswold Public Schools since the start of her teaching career in 2005. She graduated from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Comprehensive Special Education and Elementary Education, went on to receive her Master’s in Special Education from Southern CT State University, and her Sixth Year in Educational Leadership through Sacred Heart University. She works as an Adjunct Professor/Student Teacher Supervisor for the University of St. Joseph.  Mrs. Palonen has taken a very active role in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), serving as a Visiting Team Chair for public high schools seeking Accreditation. Griswold High School is proud to have received continued Accreditation following our Decennial Visit in the spring of 2020. 

Mrs. Palonen takes great pride in the Griswold community, attending Griswold Public Schools from kindergarten through high school graduation. She resides in town with her husband Eric and daughter Josie, who is a student at GES. Mrs. Palonen enjoys spending time with her family, attending events at the school, staying active and outdoors, and playing volleyball.

Griswold High School Associate Principal Marceline Dillon seated at her desk

Associate Principal
Marceline Dillon

MDillon@griswoldpublicschools.org

Marceline Dillon has served as the Associate Principal of GHS since 2015. She received her Bachelors from Fordham University; Masters from University of New Haven, and Sixth Year in Educational Leadership from Southern CT University. She oversees all aspects of student life activities, school climate, attendance and discipline.

Mrs. Dillon's education philosophy is: Early in my career, my experience working with students and colleagues as an English teacher had a profound impact on me and confirmed that I was destined to be an educational leader and life-long learner. The energy, curiosity, and various perspectives of my students motivated and inspired me to make education my life's work. Once I became immersed in the realm of curriculum development, instructional coaching, and administration, I discovered how this important work is the catalyst for effective teaching, student engagement, learning, and success. While I have had the opportunity to play a critical role in the rapidly changing world of education, I have never lost sight of what is most important about being an educator: students have been and always will be my number one priority. I believe it is a privilege and responsibility to lead, inspire, and educate children. Therefore, I am more driven than ever to continue my work with motivated educators towards our shared vision of educating our students, so they can flourish.