Lauren Mathews grew up in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and her teaching credential from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011. For the past three years, Lauren has been teaching first grade in San Diego. Previously, she taught preschool in Colorado for 2 years. Through San Diego State University, Lauren added a reading specialist authorization to her teaching credential. During this time, Lauren worked closely with students of a variety of ages who struggled with learning to read. Lauren works hard to create a positive and respectful classroom environment where students know their ideas and opinions matter. Her love of education and of early elementary school drive Lauren’s passion for teaching. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time in nature and with her family. She also greatly enjoys traveling and has visited over 13 countries! Lauren is very excited to become a part of the incredible San Diego Jewish Academy family!