We are excited to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director, Audrey Pendergrass!
Originally from Lubbock, TX, and a graduate of Texas Tech University, Audrey made her way to the Austin area about 10 years ago where she has worked in the non-profit world ever since!
The past year has been full of transformation for DSEF as the Board of Directors explored the Foundation’s vision and impact across DSISD. DSEF’s new 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, new vision for the future that will deepen DSEF’s reach and ability to fund the financial needs of DSISD while supporting more students and teachers than ever before. This new vision includes funding much need mental health and student wellness positions and offering new channels for investing in our students through DSEF. DSEF will fundraise at new levels, engage more DSISD families, and involve community investors like never before.
DSEF’s first step in making its vision a reality is a three-year commitment to provide critical staffing needs in DSISD including:
- A full-time mental health professional to the staff at Dripping Springs High School
- A half-time counselor at each elementary school in addition to the one full-time counselor
DSEF will provide funding for the next three years to support these critical positions making its total commitment to DSISD and mental health $645,000. Lou Mandy Bruggman, past executive director of DSEF said,
“We are honored to step up during this crucial time to engage the community and provide for the needs of the District to ensure the social-emotional well-being of our entire Tiger family.”
The health and well-being of students is one of the highest priorities in DSISD. Educators have recognized the impact that a student's mental health has on learning and achievement and has implemented a unified and comprehensive approach to student social-emotional health.
Addressing the mental health and social-emotional needs of students is a component of overall school safety, which is also a priority in Dripping Springs ISD. Providing students with the support they need or connecting them with professionals who can do so is an important step to prevent situations where students feel a lack of control or a sense of helplessness.
DSISD’s partnership with DSEF to fund the Mental Health Services Initiative is an impactful step to ensure the community is engaged in DSEF’s vision to provide more students with better opportunities.
Want to know more?
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.
Join DSEF and YOU can be all in!
Join the Dripping Springs Education Foundation in supporting the Mental Health Services Initiative by texting allin4dsisd to 41444.
Your $10/month donation, or one-time gift of $120, will support teachers and students by providing mental health staffing needs, social and emotional learning, parent training, and more. A DSEF Board Member will delivery your lovely "THIS HOUSE IS ALL IN" yard sign so you can proudly display your support.