Hi Families!  I'm Gena Schmid and I love being a Viking!  I have been teaching almost 20 years now and am here by choice since this is career number 2.  I started teaching in LAUSD teaching middle school math and science.  When I first moved to BHUSD I taught English Language Learners which was great.  I then was lucky enough to teach 3rd great at El Rodeo and have Mrs. Kaber as a colleague.  3rd grade was an amazing place to be, but I needed to return to my home at Hawthorne.  The only way to do that was to teach Kindergarten.  I knew the amazing teachers would be supportive and even though it wasn't what I wanted, I took the job.  Ten years later, it was the best decision I've ever made!  I'm not only with an amazing team, I have truly found a grade level I love since I can get students excited about learning from the very beginning and really teach them how to go to school and instill that love of learning and thinking while making sure they understand that mistakes are a normal part of life.  Most importantly - Once a Schmidty, Always a Schmidty!