Robin Griffith was born in Ely to Glenda and Ferron Millgate. She spent a lot of her years moving back and forth from Ely to many other cities and states. She finally landed for good in Ely while a junior in high school. Robin graduated and married into the wonderful Griffith family. Her husband Alan and her have four children, two girls and two boys,. Her oldest son Jim works at Robinson Mining Company as a Millwright and has three boys and a daughter who is now a registered nurse. Melany Johnson is a teacher at D.E.N., she has one daughter attending UNR. Robin’s second daughter lives in Nampa, ID, she also is a grade school teacher. She taught 5th grade one year at the McGill Elementary, then moved to Nampa where she has been a stay at home mom. Alan is Robin’s youngest and lives in Reno. He is a musician and works at the Imirage Recording Studio.
Griffith has also wanted to be a stay at home mom but decided to start working when her youngest was in first grade. In 1997 she decided to apply for a job at the high school as a P.E. aide. She loved the job and stayed for 20 years. She took a few classes at Great Basin College, but found it hard to take care of her family and attend school. The Schools to Career Coordinator job came open and she decided to apply. It was a little out of her comfort zone but found she loved it. Budget cuts hit hard last year and and her job was dissolved. Fortunately she was hired as a JAG Specialist. JAG stands for Jobs for American Graduates. This is a group of students that get to run their own class with a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Represent. The class helps each student know their self worth and continued education, career options, or job to career opportunities. Griffith has been working for the District and White Pine High School for 28 years and find working for the students has been fulfilling as being a wife and mother.
Vivian Farnsworth was born and raised in White Pine County and have lived most of his life in Lund. Farnsworth is a wife, a mother of five, and a grandmother of 12. She enjoys reading, gardening, and spending as much time with her family.
Farnsworth headed off to college as soon as she completed high school seeking a degree in early childhood education. She had only been in school for a semester when she decided that she would get married and begin raising a family, and put off her education for a few years. After her husband became disabled and her youngest daughter started school, it was time for her to return to college. For nine years she worked for the White Pine County School District as an aide while attending Great Basin College part time. After completing her degree in elementary education, with an emphasis in special education, she began working for the school district as a full-fledged teacher. Farnworth taught for three years in special education, and this year was given the opportunity to also teach Jr. High math. She says she’s blessed to be mentored by some of the great educators in this district. The students are the best part of this job and she learns something from her students every day.