by KELLEY GUSICH | photo by Soul of Photography

Get Ready For The Reidys

Mike Reidy met his wife, Laurel, while working at Ford Aerospace in Newport Beach. Laurel had a summer job at the facility, and the rest, as they say, is history. Interestingly, Mike’s mechanical engineering degree from UCSB and Laurel’s mechanical engineering degrees from Stanford led them both to – wait for it – education. Mike left Ford Aerospace to become a high school math teacher, including 16 years at Carlsbad High School. He retired after 30 years in that noble service. Laurel continues her noble service as an independent college admissions counselor with her own business, LWR Admissions Support.

The couple moved to Encinitas in 1984. Since then they’ve had two children: Skyler and Ellen. The family loves travel and have been everywhere from England to Ireland to Costa Rica and The Marquesas. But the most important trip was to China in 1995 to adopt Ellen. Ellen graduated from La Costa Canyon High School in 2013 and is currently a college sophomore at Calvin College in Michigan. Skyler graduated from San Dieguito Academy in 2008 and is currently a graduate fellow studying for a PhD in American History at USC. “Between college and graduate school,” Laurel stated, “he took time off to work on organic farms in Texas and Colorado. He is an Eagle Scout with Encinitas Troop 776 and still loves backpacking.”


Interesting hobbies are the order of the day for the family. Mike’s been brewing beer for over 20 years and has won several medals in various competitions. He enjoys growing fruits and vegetables and cooking what he grows in items such as Habanero Mead, Guava Wheat Beer, and Cherimoya Sorbet. Since the 1980s, he’s worked in glass art, using neon, offhand, and fusing techniques. He’s now taking woodworking classes at Palomar College with plans to meld it with glass fusing. Laurel enjoys sewing, quilting, and baking, and volunteers in many different venues, including a church sewing group making quilts which are sent around the world.

Some surprises about the Reidys? Mike made many neon signs during the 80s for Encinitas businesses like the ice cream cone at Roxy’s and Coast Chiropractic. Laurel was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 11 years ago, and while she isn’t as active as she used to be, thankfully her symptoms have stayed minor. She likes photography and plays the ukulele. The family composts their food and hangs laundry on the line. It’s no surprise that whatever’s on the horizon, the Reidys are ready!

Parents: Michael Harrington Reidy and Laurel Whittier Reidy
Children: Skyler Robert Reidy (24); Ellen Mei Reidy (19)
Community: New Encinitas since 1992
Parents’ Hometowns: Michael – Long Beach, CA; Laurel – San Clemente, CA
Parents’ Occupations: Michael – Retired; Laurel – Independent College Admissions Counselor with LWR Admissions Support
Pets: Tucker – Ragdoll cat; Pythagorus – corn snake
Favorite Places to Visit in Encinitas: Stone Steps Beach and the San Diego Botanic Garden