As Laura MacKenzie took a tour of the Imperial Valley Press a year ago with her fifth-grade class from Brawley area's Magnolia Elementary School, she thought to herself, "I want to work here."
One year later, she works for this newspaper as its new education reporter.
"I like it. It's busy and that's what makes it fun," she said of her new job.
Having been a teacher, she hopes her experiences in education will aid her in her coverage of educational issues in the Valley.
"It makes me more interested in the issues teachers face and I want them to get the recognition they deserve," she said.
In the future, she hopes to pursue college-level teaching and freelance writing.
A native of the Imperial Valley, she is married to Tim MacKenzie. They met while both were attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.