Ms. Debra Gramespacher
Board Trustee, Area 2
Term of Office - December 2015 - November 2019
As the mom of 2 boys, who attended elementary school in Seaside, Middle School and High School in Monterey, my experience brings a respect for the District's educational services and respect for our youth as individuals and future adults.
My goal within the Monterey Unified School District is to expand our educational opportunities in the Sciences, Arts, and Computer Science so that every student has the opportunity to follow their passion and ultimately become well-educated professionals contributing in their own personal way to the betterment of our community, as well as to see our District become number ONE in the State.
With 20 years of experience in business and technology, I am an engineer with Northrop Grumman providing contracted support to implement Congressional programs benefiting our service members and their families at the Defense Manpower Data Center. An active volunteer, I have tutored at schools, helped form the Education Foundation for MPUSD, and have held board positions with the PTA and a High School Academy.
My education started in Clovis Unified School District before graduating from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), with a Double BA in Business Economics and Geography and from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) with a Masters in Public Policy. During my studies, I spent a year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, prompting me to continue on to Germany, where I and my husband successfully managed a company designing and marketing software in Europe for 15 years, witnessing the reconciliation of Eastern and Western Europe in 1989.
We moved to Seaside in 1998. My 2 sons took English as a second language their first year, moving on to become academic scholars; one attending UC San Diego and USC as a mechanical engineer and one attending UC Santa Barbara and Princeton in Molecular Biology.