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HUMANS OF SGMES... Meet Mrs. Breitschwerdt!

Growing up I didn’t know what job I wanted to do, but I always knew I wanted to be a mom.  Being a mom to my three kids is better than I ever imagined. I was lucky to be a stay at home mom when my kids were small. Reading stories, coloring, watching my kids explore and experience the world around them was the best part. One of my favorite memories of my son is when he was about three years old.  We were coming back from the grocery store and he dropped a carton of eggs on the kitchen floor. The look on his face was that of complete failure and disappointment. I remember thinking “oh no what a mess” but seeing his face made me realize that his feelings were more important than any mess. I got a whisk, sat down on the floor. with him, showed him how to separate the shells from the eggs.  I taught him how to scramble eggs right there on the kitchen floor. The look of failure turned into complete joy as he laughed out loud while we whisked eggs together. He then helped me clean up the eggs and a memory was made. Mistakes are the most teachable moments. As a TK teacher, some of the best lessons come from unintentional mistakes. When my youngest became school aged, I realized how much I missed watching my kids learn. So, I became the Aide to my children’s Kindergarten teacher.  At the end of the first day, after watching the teacher interact with her students I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up- a Kindergarten teacher! The following year, God blessed me with the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the best Kindergarten teacher I’ve ever known. Seven years later, I was blessed again when I was asked to start a TK program at Mission. Every day I go to work looking for the opportunity to make ‘scrambled’ eggs with my students.

HUMANS OF SGMES... Meet Ms. Capra!

Growing up my Mom had a Home DayCare. I grew up with ten other kids in my house not including my three siblings. Though I was a child myself, I fed the kids, gave them their bottles, took walks with them and played with them until their parents picked them up. When I was eight, I had the best 2nd grade teacher and I remember saying that I wanted to be just like her when I grew up. And that’s where it all started for me. Since second grade I knew I wanted to be a teacher.
Fast forward to now. My first year of teaching complete and getting ready for year 2! I am lucky to have been a part of the Mission family since February 2016. San Gabriel Mission Elementary School isn’t just a school where you obtain an education. It is so much more than that! I am very fortunate to work with such a supportive faculty and staff, a loving community, and a place where I can truly be myself to share my Catholic faith and knowledge with students. 
I am passionate about having a positive classroom environment that not only challenges students academically, but provides a place for students to grow socially. I encourage students to think outside the box and motivate them to ask questions whenever they are curious about homework, a test or the general wonders of life. As an educator, it is my goal to equip my students with skills that will apply beyond the classroom. 
I believe our callings call us and this is one call I’m glad I answered. Go Spartans!
- Ms. Capra, 4th Grade Teacher

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Academic "Decathletes" Hard At Work

Mission Elementary's Academic Decathlon team has been hard at work receiving guidance from teammates, teachers, parent and staff mentors. Each student, or team, meets weekly to review material, study and lend support to each other in preparation for the upcoming event. Our entire school community is so proud of these decathletes and we ask you to keep them in your daily prayers as they prepare! GO SPARTANS!

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Alumni Spotlight

Alumni Spotlight

My name is Ms. Kelly Nunez and not only am I the 8th grade homeroom and junior high Math/Science teacher, but I am also a proud SG Mission Alumna, Class of 2000!!  Mission has been a part of my life since birth, having an older brother that attended Mission Elementary as well.  This is my 3rd year teaching and nothing makes me happier, excited and proud, than to be back at the place that instilled so many values in my life.  
My time spent in the San Gabriel Mission School and parish has taught me many important life lessons that still hold truth and value in my life today.  Mission not only strengthened my Catholic faith, identity and education, but it also prepared me for success at a college-prep high school.  I learned leadership skills from being on Student Council throughout my time in Jr. High, and the value of being a part of a team and building a strong work ethic from playing the many different sports offered.  I also learned about building strong friendships, and am still friends with many of my Mission classmates currently.
I love to give back to the school that gave me so much, and volunteer most of my time towards extra curricular activities because I believe in the skills that they teach our students.  I am one of the Academic Decathlon moderators, the girls’ softball coach, and can often be found at the different sporting events cheering on our Spartans!  Although my time this year has been limited due to going back to school to work on my Masters in Education, I still try to find a balance and support our students in all that I can.  
Once a Spartan, ALWAYS a Spartan! 

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