Introducing Lindsey Herring, our new Executive Director for the Dripping Springs Education Foundation. A familiar face in our close-knit community, Lindsey has called Dripping Springs home for over 12 years. Many remember her as a former Dripping Springs Elementary school teacher or recognize her as a dedicated member of the Dripping Springs Education Foundation Board.
Her commitment to Dripping Springs is not just professional but deeply personal, with her husband's local survey business and her two boys, Hollis and Rhoan, growing up in our community. Lindsey is invested here and hopes to share her passion for this community in a greater capacity.
With a background encompassing sales, marketing, grant writing, and education, Lindsey brings a wealth of expertise to her role as Executive Director. Her passion is most pronounced when it comes to leading the programs for the Dripping Springs Education Foundation, with a specific focus in supporting students and staff.
As we embark on this exciting new chapter with Lindsey at the helm, we look forward to the innovative ideas and transformative changes she will bring to DSEF. Together, we will continue to support the educational journey of Dripping Springs ISD's students and staff, ensuring they have the resources and support they need to thrive.
Join us in extending a warm welcome to Lindsey Herring as the new Executive Director of DSEF, and stay tuned for more updates on the remarkable work ahead.
Dripping Springs Education Foundation 101
Did you know that the Dripping Springs Education Foundation provides funding to all Dripping Springs Campuses and is the ONLY organization allowed to fundraise for additional salaries not provided by the state?
When you make a donation to DSEF your dollars stay here in our schools, and do not get deferred elsewhere. Your 100% tax deductible donation benefits the following programs that are both life-changing and life-saving for the students at Dripping Springs:
Mental Health Initiative — The MHI provides salaries for 3 Licensed Mental Health Professionals working across all DSISD campuses and providing social emotional learning skills, counseling, and interventions for our students.
Innovative Teaching Grants — Our incredibly talented educators are encouraged to apply for grant funding from the Foundation to make their teaching dreams come to life!
Student Leadership Grants — All of our students are also encouraged to think creatively and apply for funding to solve a problem or create a new opportunity at their schools.
DSEF’s vision is simple and compelling: TO ENGAGE OUR COMMUNITY TO PROVIDE MORE STUDENTS WITH BETTER OPPORTUNITIES. After examining the landscape of our community and the needs of the students and teachers, the Board of Directors committed to a bold, vision for the foundation that will deepen DSEF's community, reach, and ability to fund the financial needs of DSISD while supporting more students and teachers than ever before. This vision includes funding much needed mental health and wellness positions to support students and staff and offering new channels for investing in our students through DSEF.
To achieve this vision, we are engaging more DSISD families, community partnerships, and involving community investors. Together, we can create a brighter future for our students, unlocking their potential and fostering a thriving educational environment. Our journey towards this vision commenced in 2019, when DSEF took its first significant steps in making it a reality. A forward-thinking 3-year agreement was established with DSISD, providing salaries for 3 Licensed Mental Health Professionals across all campuses, catering to social-emotional learning skills, counseling, and interventions for our students.
In 2023, the Dripping Springs Education Foundation (DSEF) and DSISD built upon their foundation with a renewed three-year commitment. This commitment involved expanding Mental Health & Wellness Services to include a designated Staff Counselor, providing support to ALL DSISD employees. This program stands as one of the first of its kind, setting a significant precedent for promoting mental wellness & support within our educational community.
During the 2022-2023 school year, the district received an additional generous gift, specifically directed towards supporting enhanced programs aimed at fostering the mental wellness of Tiger Nation. One notable example of this enhanced support is the implementation of Hope Squad, which further demonstrates our unwavering dedication to the well-being of our students and staff.
At DSEF, we are resolute in our pursuit of providing better opportunities for all DSISD students and staff, and we invite you to join us on this transformative journey. Together, we can make a lasting difference in the lives of our students and educators alike.
Thank you for your steadfast support!
Newly Published: 2022-2023 Annual Report
Founded in 1992 by volunteers, the Dripping Springs Education Foundation raises private-sector funds to support academic goals and achievement at every school in our district. We do this largely through awarding teacher grants for classroom enrichment, teaching innovations, and continuing education.
The Foundation’s mission now includes establishing a reliable private-funding mechanism that will help our school district bridge the gap and maintain academic competitiveness – regardless of state funding levels. These measures will help cover expenses ordinarily paid for by state dollars. Our objective is to restore district funding levels in order to keep excellence and academic competitiveness in Dripping Springs schools.
We seek financial contributions from DSISD families, the community at large and corporate donors to fulfill this mission. As an independent 501(c) 3 non-profit, the Foundation provides accountability to its donors for the dollars raised.
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