Laurie Meredith was born and raised in Magna, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University in 1994 with a degree in elementary education and has 18 years of teaching experience in both upper and lower grades. She has worked in a number of school districts including Salt Lake District, Nampa District in Idaho, Alpine District, and Jordan District and this is her 5th year at Early Light. She taught 2nd grade at ELA for 3 years and this will be her second year teaching 4th grade (her favorite grade yet). She has a reading endorsement, which she earned through UVU, and she is passionate about getting children to love books and reading. Laurie and her husband have 2 children, a 12-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy. She is a foodie. She loves to read about, talk about, cook, and of course eat great food. She also enjoys gardening and anything outdoors such as hiking, camping, and rafting. She also loves vacations with her family and of course, teaching! She is very excited for another year at ELA!