Peter J. Griffin, K-12 Coordinator for Performing Arts
Peter J. Griffin is the K-12 Coordinator for the Performing Arts. He received his Bachelor of Music Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the University of Houston, his Master of Arts in Music Education Degree from Montclair State University, and his Master of Arts in Educational Administration, With Distinction, from Rider University. He was the recipient of the New Jersey Governor’s Recognition Teacher Award for 1997, as well as being named to “Who’s Who Among American Teachers 2000 and 2005. He served ten years on the Executive Board of the New Jersey Music Administrators Association, where he held the offices of President-Elect, President and Past President for six of those years.
In his twenty-five years as an Arts Administrator, Griffin’s programs have received many letters of commendation from such dignitaries as President William Jefferson Clinton, Senator Robert G. Torricelli, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Congressman Rush Holt and Governor Chris Christie. His programs have also been recognized as a GRAMMY Signature School Finalist and with the American Music Conference’s Best 100 Communities for Music Education for 2004 and ran from 2009 – 2016. The State Department of New Jersey recently named Griffin’s high School Performing Arts Program in Hopewell Valley, his previous district, a “Choice School for the Performing Arts” in the Fall of 2014. Just recently, Bedford was named to the NAMM Foundation Best Communities for Music Education for the seventh year in a row in 2019 under Griffin's watch.
Mr. Griffin has also served as a clinician, presenting workshops and seminars in the area of teacher recruitment, hiring and retention for the past seven years at the New Jersey Music Educators Conference and at the 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 National Association for Music Education Eastern Division Conferences in Providence, Rhode Island, Baltimore, Maryland, and Hartford, Connecticut, respectively.
A Percussionist and Drummer by trade, Mr. Griffin has performed professionally with the Houston Opera Studio, the Houston New Music Ensemble, the Houston Ballet, and The Princeton Girlchoir, as well as in New York with studio band projects and off-Broadway musical play productions. He has also performed and recorded with many New York/New Jersey Recording Artists, with internationally acclaimed Canadian choral music composer, Stephen Hatfield, American choral music composer Jim Papoulis and Broadway Tony Award Nominated Actor Tituss Burgess. He also served two years as an Adjunct Professor of Percussion at Montclair State University, directing the Montclair State Percussion Ensemble in concerts and recitals on and off campus.
Heather Kranz, K-12 Coordinator for Visual Arts
Heather Kranz started her career as an art educator in the Bedford Central schools and has worked to develop the quality, depth and breadth of the visual art experience for students at Fox Lane High School during that time. Since 1992, she has fostered the growth of the Ceramics, Studio Art, and the Advanced Placement Art programs at the high school, has written curriculum and grants, has partnered with local museums, participated in professional development opportunities in both art making and art education, and helped to establish a district-wide art gallery. Outside of class, she has led the Art Club, Fire and Ice art and literary magazine and is a trained mentor for new teaching staff. Ms. Kranz holds a Masters of Art Education degree from Teachers College, Columbia University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Studio Art from Skidmore College.
Office Assistant - Visual and Performing Arts Department