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 marina@mundoacademy.com or at (626) 354-2032 or visit her website below!

member since july 2017

Marjorie Schmitt | Travel Planner, Franchise Owner & Agent of Making Travel Happen


About: After 20+yrs in the HR world, traveling domestically & globally, Marjorie traded in HR Director roles for Entrepreneurship buying a travel franchise. She figured her degree in M.S. in HR Organization Development was due for a break and it was time to put her MBA degree, both from the University of San Francisco, to use. Now, she continuously takes travel certifications for destinations or vendors to better serve her clients.

Her travel business not only feeds her & her husband’s passion for wandering, eating & exploring, her zest of helping others by taking the stress out of travel planning fun again! After all, who wants to spend their evenings or weekends opening 20 different tabs getting mad at websites.

Specialties: Europe, Hawaii, Central America, Asia, Mexico or here in the U.S. of A, you can count on Marjorie to help you with your travel by land, sea, air or train! She is a Travel Agent who actually continues to travel. This is what sets her apart from the big box store travels, Groupon deals or your neighborhood “travel” insurance agency. With her travel experiences, she can CUSTOMIZE your travel plans, help you get a better experience that fits your style and ROI. Whether it’s a honeymoon, church groups, reunions, family vacation or just-to-getaway, Marjorie can help you with your travel needs.

Quote: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." - Maya Angelou

Connect: Contact Marjorie at Marjorie@mstravelplanner.com or at (626) 491-2657, or visit her website!