Derek Grasty
Candidate for East Side Union High School District Trustee
November 2018
Vote for me on November 6, 2018!  If you have any questions or suggestions for local high school improvement, please contact me: derekgrasty@gmail.com
Derek Grasty is a proud father, accomplished writer, and distinguished educator. Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Derek graduated from Detroit Catholic Central High School prior to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (w/distinction) and Master of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Derek also completed additional graduate work in Education at Harvard University and California State University, East Bay.
Derek began his career in education in the mid-eighties as a teacher in Detroit, Lynwood and East Palo Alto respectively. He was widely regarded as an influential leader to both students and other teachers. Shortly thereafter, he was promoted to he position of Vice Principal then Principal in charge of overseeing the curriculum, students’ success, school safety, and the daily operations of the school for hundreds of students, staff, and faculty. As a Principal, Derek continued his responsible stewardship, with an emphasis on student engagement, building lasting relationships with his students and their families. For his work, Derek was awarded the Educator of Excellence Award by the South Alameda County AAAE in 2009, and his schools in Hayward won the city's Environmental Award. Derek has also served as Principal at San Antonio Elementary and Davis Intermediate Schools, both within the East Side Union High School District boundaries.
Derek has served as Association of California School Administrators- Hayward Chapter, Treasurer or President from 2001-2010, organized a mentoring program in East Side, and served on the East Side Bond Oversight Committee for 2011-2017.
Community Affiliations
President-Bella Madeira Home Owners Association and Mutual Water Company; Vice President-100 Black Men of Silicon Valley, Inc.; NAACP; La Raza Round Table de California; District 8 Round Table of San Jose; South Bay Progressive Alliance, East Side Bond Oversight Committee (6 years); East Side Latino and African American PTAs; and Student Advocacy Group
Endorsements
Senator Jim Beall; Congressman Ro Khanna; retired East Side USUHSD Superintendent, Bob Nunez; and longtime East Side Teachers' Association President, Marisa Hanson.
Other significant endorsements include: San Jose City Councilmembers: Chappie Jones, Jonny Khamis and Tam Nguyen, South Bay Progressive Alliance; retired Santa Clara County Board Member, Leon Beauchman; 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley; Evergreen Boardmember Jim Zito; Mt. Pleasant Boardmember Betty Martinez; and Evolve (a community organization), and others...
Philosophy
Derek is an educational leader who believes in always making students our first priority. As an educator, he knows first hand how the decisions made on the Board will impact students in the classroom. He understands the needs of students, parents, and educators because he has personal experiences with all three.
Education
Lifelong learning is one of Derek's focus areas. His education includes graduating from the the University of Michigan with Bachelor (with distinction) and Masters degrees. Additional graduate work at Harvard University; and California State U., East Bay (Hayward) and Administrator Academies.
Priorities
•  Students College and Career Ready for Life
•  Fiscal Responsibility
•  Safe Learning Environments for Students, Teachers, and Staff
•  Welcoming Schools
Qualifications
Parent; Teacher; Principal; Administrator (20 years); East Side UHSD Bond Oversight Committee (6 years); African-American and Latino PTAs (6 years); East Side Student Advocacy (13 years)
Willing And Able To Serve The People

Contact Derek at: derekgrasty@gmail.com
FPPC# 1409151
(408) 230-7020