Marina Grijalva | Founder & Academic Coach


About: Marina Grijalva grew up in Calexico, California, which is a small town on the U.S.-Mexico border. The youngest of five, Marina is the only person in her family to graduate from a 4-year university. Marina has a B.A. in Romance Languages and Literature from Pomona College and a Master’s degree in Spanish Literature from the University of Texas at El Paso. Marina started her teaching career immediately after college and taught Math, Spanish, ESL and Latin American History at a variety of schools including Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada.

After a successful career as a classroom teacher, Marina decided to start a tutoring business where she could more specifically target students’ academic needs. In 2008, Marina founded My New Tutor, which offered one-on-one academic assistance and test preparation to middle school and high school students. In 2010, helped form MyNT Education offering college counseling services in the Pasadena area. As the Director of Academics, Marina was at the helm of all tutoring and test prep services. She also founded iScholar Prep, which offers college access seminars in the Los Angeles area.

In 2018, Marina left MyNT Education to form Mundo Academy. Mundo Academy is a one-on-one in-home tutoring and test preparation company in Pasadena, CA. Mundo Academy also partners with nonprofit organizations in the Los Angeles area to provide low-cost or free SAT and ACT preparation services.

Specialties: Marina’s success with students not only depends on her teaching expertise, but also her patience and willingness to reach her students. Marina created an environment where adolescents can thrive and tackle academic weaknesses without feeling intimidated. At Mundo Academy, Marina trains her tutors to be empathetic when working with students. Tutors learn how to assess students’ needs and create plans that will help them thrive. The company’s goal is to equip students with the tools to help them achieve throughout their academic careers.

Mundo Academy offers tutoring in Spanish, Math, Science, English, SAT, ACT, ISEE and HSPT prep. They also hold intensive study sessions for the SAT and ACT that focus on teaching students the concepts and strategies necessary to succeed in those exams.

Quote: “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

Connect: Contact Marina at or at (626) 354-2032 or visit her website below!

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