Honoring Laura Coria


Laura Coria

4th Grade Teacher

Ogden, UT

Laura Coria teaches 4th Grade at James Madison Elementary in Ogden, Utah. She obtained her baccalaureate in elementary education from Weber State University  in 1993.  Since then, she has completed 6 specialties, or endorsements:  Reading Level I; Advance Reading Level II; Spanish (minor); Mathematics; English as a Second Language; and STEM. She is currently seeking certifications in Google Apps for Education.  Ms. Coria has spent her entire career working in Title 1 schools in low socioeconomic neighborhoods.  She has taught grades 1st – 5th, ESL adult education as well as elementary age children.  She has been a grade level team leader, steering committee lead, Hispanic Culture Director for her school.  In 2015, Ms. Coria received the “Higher Achievement Award” from Ogden School District, for demonstrating a “Growth Mindset” leading to excellence in achievement.

Why do you teach?

I teach because I love learning and it’s a privilege to work with children.

What do you love about teaching?

What I love most about teaching is making an impact in a child’s life and knowing I am a key tool in creating a future for children of poverty.

When you were a student, was there a great teacher who inspired you?

I still remember my 6th grade teacher and the impact she made in my life. I am a native of Mexico (now a US citizen), living in poverty myself, I remember how my teacher would tell me that I would be able to accomplish anything I wanted. She told me I had potential and I was a hard worker.