About the Teacher

Phone: 205-640-2180


Degrees and Certifications:

I graduated from Moody High School in 2002, and went on to attend the University of Montevallo where I earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in 2006. I earned my Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of West Alabama in 2008. I currently hold teaching certificates in the area of Early Childhood Development(Preschool-3rd) and Special Education grades Preschool-12th.

Lauren Grunda


I am married to Jake, and we have a son named Evan.  In my spare time I like to spend time with my family, read, exercise, and go to the beach. I am very blessed to have a job I enjoy and I look forward to a great year!

A Few of My Favorite Things:

Drink: Root Beer or Green Tea

Candy: M & M's or raisinets

Color: Black or Purple

Scent: Vanilla or woodsy scents 


Special Education Teacher- Odenville Middle School 2006-2008

Special Education Teacher for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing- 2008-2012

Special Education Teacher- Moody Elementary School - 2012 - 2021

Reading Intervention- 2021- current


I was named the St. Clair County's Teacher of the Year in 2016 and I've also received ABC 33/40's Benchmark Teacher of the Week Award. My fifteen years of teaching has flown by and I am so thankful to be at MES! 



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