Gena Madory joined Hausner as a lead Kindergarten teacher at the start of this academic year and we are so happy to have her here! Her warmth, enthusiasm, and love for her students are evident to anyone who walks past her classroom. We asked her a few questions and found out about a very special life-cycle event that Gena is looking forward to this summer!
1. How long have you lived in the Bay Area, where did you come from and what brought you here?
I grew up in Marin County where I attended Brandeis Marin (a Jewish Day school) from grades K-8. My family and community are in the Bay Area and it holds a very special place in my heart. I went to college in Ohio but came back to California to receive my masters in education at Stanford where I quickly found myself loving the South Bay. I then moved to Atlanta due to a job opportunity that came up for my fiancé, but we couldn't stay away from the Bay for too long, and moved back after two years. I feel very lucky that I am now a part of the Hausner community!
2. What is your role at Hausner and how long have you been here?
It is my first year at Hausner, and I am a lead Kindergarten teacher.
3. What was the highlight of your working week?
The highlight of my work week is morning circle time with the students. We start with a question or something to share, and each child gets an opportunity to talk. It is so much fun hearing hilarious anecdotes told by Kindergarteners or learning something meaningful from an often quiet child who you would like to know better. It helps to solidify the classroom community and opens up a space for all students to feel seen and heard.
4. What do you do when you're not at work?
When I am not at work, I spend time with my fiancé Mikey and our dog Rudie. We got Rudie, as so many others did, right at the start of COVID, and he has become a very important part of our lives. He is a mini dachshund with a very big personality (and his own Instagram)! We are back in the Bay after 2 years of living in Atlanta and not visiting home because of COVID, so we enjoy taking advantage of any moments we can to visit our family and friends in the area.
5. Where do you think you would work/what would you do if you weren't in your current job?
It's hard to imagine a job beyond being a teacher! I know it isn't too far off from teaching, but I think I would choose to be an author of children's books. A good piece of children's literature can have such a powerful and lasting impact, it would be rewarding to do that for a living!
6. A fun fact about yourself.
A fun fact about myself is that, after a few COVID-related postponements, I am getting married this summer! Although plans have changed numerous times, we finally have it figured out, and I am having so much fun planning and getting ready for the big day.
7. What is your favorite Hebrew word?
I think the word nechama, meaning comfort - my grandmother’s Hebrew name was Nechama and she was always such a calm and comforting presence in my life, that I thought the name/Hebrew word fit perfectly.