Hanna (Ania) Schmidt was born in Poland and received her Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Uniwersytet Zielonogorski (University of Zielona Gora). After coming to the United States in 2006, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College and worked as a life guard and swimming instructor at ACAC. In addition to teaching Polish at Speak!, Ania also works as a Teacher Assistant at Cale Elementary School. During her free time, she enjoys hiking and outdoor activities, and spending time with her two daughters and dogs (she breeds German Shepherds), cooking Polish food, working in her garden, and enjoying coffee and wine (made by her father from sour cherries). Ania loves to travel and is always open to discovering new people and things!