Maria Gronowski

Emerging Technologies Teacher/Technology Coach

(251) 221-1015

Courses Taught:

  • Emerging Technologies (Coding, Video Game Design, 3D printing, Computer Basics, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality)   
  • Morning Buzz and Field Crew Co-Sponsor                                                  
  • Schoology Lead Teacher                                                                                  
  • STEM/Robotics Co-Sponsor



Welcome to Mary B. Austin!

My name is Maria Gronowski and I will be your child's Emerging Technologies Teacher! I attended elementary through high school in Gulfport, MS and came to Mobile to attend college in 1994. I graduated with my Bachelor's Degree in 1999 and began teaching at Dodge Elementary. I continued school and received my Master's Degree in 1999. After 14 years of teaching first grade at Dodge, I transferred to O'Rourke Elementary where I continued to teach first grade. The opportunity arose for me to teach first grade at Mary B. Austin in 2016. After 20 years of being in first grade, I made the change to Emerging Technology where I teach all students at Austin. I look forward to working with your child outside of their regular classroom environment and pushing them to think "outside of the box" when it comes to solutions. I have a wonderful, hard-working husband named Geoff and a beautifully smart daughter named Avery. 



Master of Education in Elementary Education

  • University of South Alabama
  • Degree: December 2002

Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education

  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL 
  • Degree: December 1999


Professional Experience


Mary B. Austin Elementary- Mobile, AL         8/16 – Present

  • Emerging Technologies Teacher (K-5)
  • First Grade Teacher

O’Rourke Elementary- Mobile, AL                     8/14 – 5/16

  • First Grade Teacher

Dodge Elementary School- Mobile, AL              12/99- 5/14

  • First Grade Teacher
  • First and Second Grade Reading Coach


Special Recognition


Nappie Finalist and Winner for Coolest Public School Elementary Teacher - Mobile 2021

MCPSS Film Festival Teacher Commercial Category First Place Winner 2021

MCPSS Film Festival K-2 Music/Entertainment Category First Place Winner, Teacher How To First Place Winner 2020

Nappie Finalist for Coolest Elementary Teacher - Mobile 2020

MCPSS Instructional Technology Digital Tools Grant Grand Prize Winner 2019-2020

MCPSS Film Festival K-2 How-To Video Category First Place Winner, Teacher Documentary Category Finalist 2019

MCPSS Film Festival K-2 How-To Category Finalist 2017

Discovery Education STAR Educator Recipient 2016

Dodge Elementary PTA Teacher of the Year 2010-2011

RBC Bank's Tribute to Teachers Award Recipient 2010