Christie Grillo
  • Email:  christie.willis@hartselletigers.org

    Degrees:

    BS in Computer Science

    Masters in Secondary Education

    Masters in Educational Leadership

    Educational Specialist

    Certifications:

    Class AA, Instructional Leader, Grade Level P-12, Alabama

    Class A, Instructional Leader, Grade Level P-12, Alabama

    Class B, Elementary, Grade Level K - 6, Alabama

    Technology Applications, Grade Level EC - 12, Texas

    Generalist, Grade Level EC - 6, Texas

    Technology Education, Grade Level 6 - 12, Texas

     

     

  • Hello Hartselle Community!

    My name is Christie Grillo (formerly Willis) and I teach Introduction to Computer Science as well as Advanced Manufacturing at Hartselle High School.  You can also find me at Hartselle Junior High School teaching Introduction to Manufacturing to 8th graders.  I am originally from Monroe, Louisiana and graduated from Ouachita High School long, long ago!  Most of my family still resides in this area and I love when I get the chance to go back home and have some of my mother's southern cooking.  It is the BEST!  Because I grew up in Louisiana for half of my life, I am a huge LSU fan.  GEAUX TIGERS!!!!  During my time in high school, I participated in the Marching Band  and played the Baritone which carried me to join the Marching Band in college.  I still enjoy watching the half time shows during football games!  

    Throughout my years as a teacher, I have taught in Texas in San Antonio and El Paso.  In the great state of Alabama, I have also been honored to teach students in Hoover and now Hartselle.  Technology has always been a passion of mine and I have continued this course throughout my educational journey.  My classrooms have consisted of Computer Programming (Java, C++, Python, SNAP), Webmastering, STEM, Computer Fundamentals, Engineering, and now, Computer Science as well as Manufacturing.  Because our students were born in a digital era, I feel that it is so important to teach each in a manner that they understand.  Technology does just that and allows teachers to be more creative and keep students much more engaged!  

    During my teaching career, I have been a sponsor of the Yearbook, Lego Robotics, Vex Robotics, Drill & Pom Dance Teams, Website Administrator, and have played leadership roles in a plethora of committees.  

    It has been a goal of mine to never stop learning, no matter how old I am (I will not tell you my age)!  This continual learning process only makes myself a much better educator for the students that I teach.  This desire and motivation led me to achieve a BA in Computer Science, Masters in Secondary Education, Masters in Educational Leadership, and an Educational Specialist degree.  Eventually, I will achieve my PH.D when the time is right!  

    There are so many hobbies that I possess, but I think my most favorite ones are fishing, hunting, traveling, reading, building anything, and spending time with my beautiful family!  I thank God everyday for my wonderful family and beautiful kids!  I am immensely blessed!  

    It is a great honor to be a part of Hartselle City Schools and I look forward to having a great school year and wish everyone the very best!