Marisa Bajenski

Elementary Pillars Teacher

Marisa is a California girl from the Los Angeles area. Downey to be exact. She is an interesting multicultural mix of Mexican, German and Dutch. Her husband describes her as feisty, organized and a penny-pincher. They were married in 2000 and have a fun-loving son, who attends The Rock Academy.

As a teenager, Marisa always felt like something was missing, but had no idea what. She was purposeless and had no passion for life. At age 16, she met a new girl in class who invited her to church youth group. She was relentless! Finally before the summer, she invited Marisa to go to a Christian camp. At the camp, Marisa saw the kids there were excited about life and passionate about God. They had this hope for their life that she desperately wanted. Marisa accepted Christ on the last day of camp and has never been the same. Her whole life has one purpose now, loving and serving God with her whole heart.

After she became a Christian, God turned her love for children into a deep passion. She received her bachelor degree in Child and Adolescent Development in 2000. Then God decided to show her where she belonged. As a substitute teacher in La Canada, CA, she was called to substitute teach in a school for students between the ages of 12-18 with emotional and behavioral disabilities. She was hired as a full-time teacher the following school year and then went back to school for her teaching credentials and master’s degree in Special Education. God filled her with a passion for students struggling with academics, as well as, emotional and behavioral difficulties. Her biggest joy is seeing a student reach their goals and the moment they discover they have a purpose in life.
After teaching Special Education for 4 years, she and her husband decided to move to Poland as missionaries. For 8 years they worked with church planters, training pastors, and running projects like “Rock Your City.” While in Poland, God also gave her a passion for discipleship. She was leading discipleship groups with women for many years.

Her family arrived in San Diego in the fall of 2013, when her husband was hired to be the “Do Something” Church pastor. He is also the Global Outreach pastor. She feels blessed that her husband works at the Rock Church as she is serving as the Pillars Support Teacher at the Rock Academy!

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:14