Marisa Ferro Grijalva

Years in Dripping Springs –  7

Current Occupation/Position —  I work part-time as a Reading Interventionist at Baldwin Elementary School in Austin. I have over 12 years experience as an educator in both public and private elementary schools.  

Previous Occupations/Positions —  Prior to becoming a teacher I was a social worker and public speaker providing services for the aging population.  I also worked as a case-manager for Any Baby Can.

Education — I am a graduate of  the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), having earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work. I also received my Certification in Education with an emphasis in early childhood and bilingual education through Region XIII.  I have completed two years of dyslexia (basic language skills) training through the Rawson Saunders School.

School/District Involvement —  I am actively involved at all levels throughout DSISD. I currently serve as an appointed DSISD Trustee and in my short period of service, I have completed over 30 hours of continuing education and currently serve on a hiring committee. Prior to my service on the School Board, I was involved as a bilingual educator and reading interventionist at Dripping Springs Elementary School. During my employment at DSES, I was a second grade team leader, Blended Learning classroom math teacher, Teacher Technology Advocate, facilitator for parent English classes and Parent University, Trainer for SIOP for new hires, Destination Imagination team assistant coordinator and a grant recipient from the Dripping Springs Education Foundation. I have also served on the DSES, DSMS, and SSMS Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Boards from 2012-2019.

Community Activities include the following — 

Currently, I am a member (Patroness) for the National Charity League South Austin Wildflower Chapter.  I was a board member for the City of Kyle Housing Authority and a Meals on Wheels volunteer for the City of Kyle.

Family —  I have been married to my husband Roman for 19 years and have two children. Our oldest child is a Freshman at Dripping Springs High School and my youngest is a 7th grader at Sycamore Springs Middle School.

Why You Would Like to Serve on DSISD Board of Trustees —   As an educator, parent, and member of the Dripping Springs Community, I am passionate about the well being of our children, educators, and overall DSISD community. Our growing district requires careful planning, strategic thinking and the passion to serve the community. I believe my skill sets and experience as a hands-on educator within the district provide a solid platform from which to successfully continue to serve on this board.

I will offer a unique and relatable perspective for the DSISD community  I bring first-hand teaching experience with DSISD, volunteer experience at multiple DSISD campuses, and direct experience working with DSISD administrative staff. I am  passionate about children, educators and public education. My recent experiences will allow me to give a voice and perspective for educators and the children they teach.  I am invested in the district not only because my children are current students but, because I have taught these children. I have built relationships with parents and members in our community based on my passion for what is best for their children.

Philosophical Statement –   My vision for education in our community is to continue to foster an enriching environment that allows all children to thrive and grow. I want our community to continue to lead the way in innovation not only academically but socially. Our district finds itself in a fast growth position with limited state funds.  My interest lies in assuring that we use our resources wisely in order to provide each child excellent educational opportunities. It is important to me that ALL DSISD students continue to have a competitive edge when attending college or choosing a vocation and entering the workforce.