Mrs. Laura Grijalva
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Welcome to Smith Junior High! I am one of the 7th grade ELA teachers here at Smith. It is my first year at Smith, 5th year of full time teaching in the state of Arizona. Prior to moving to the Mesa Public Schools District, I taught for 4 years in the Florence Unified School District. My 5 years in education in Arizona have all consisted of teaching 7th Grade ELA.
Prior to moving to Arizona, I went to college in my home state of Minnesota. I graduated from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. After graduating, I worked for 1 year in various districts as a long-term sub. When I couldn't find a job in Minnesota, I attended a job fair and got a job offer in Arizona. I took a leap of faith and found a place I love to teach and live.
Outside of teaching, I love coaching, working out, and spending time with my family. I am currently coaching volleyball at Skyline High School, and basketball, volleyball and softball here at Smith. Along with teaching and coaching, I also serve in the Arizona National Guard. My husband, kids, and myself love to travel to new places and hike whenever we can. It is no surprise that I love to read, but I also love to be outside and camp while exploring all over the country. Road trips are the best!