Where We Serve: Fort Worth
Fort Worth is home to about half a million people, and is located 45 minutes from Dallas. It is nicknamed “Cow Town” because of its Historic Stockyards, which look like something straight out of the Old West, complete with cobblestone streets, Billy Bob’s Texas (the biggest honky-tonk bar in the country), a mechanical bull, and Texas longhorns that are walked through the street twice a day. In our opinion, we think it is the best city in Texas-- and apparently we're not alone in that sentiment since Fort Worth has been voted one of the "most livable cities in America."
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Vinton, TX
Conor Rogers | ACE 18
What is your favorite ACE tradition, and why?The Paired Walk is my favorite ACE tradition. It really forces you to be genuine with your emotions and open up to a good person. You get to take turns listening and being listened to, asking for help and giving support. I've always come away from the paired walk feeling refreshed and renewed.
BackgroundB.A. Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre DameOriginally from Hampton Bays, NY
Karla Garcia-Huerta | ACE 18
How has ACE shaped your spiritual life?ACE retreats really help me to be more introspective about all the ups and downs in my life. You have to have faith that God will never give you more than you can handle.
BackgroundB.S. Preprofessional and Art Studio, University of Notre DameOriginally from Cary, NC
Kyle Smith | ACE 19
Why did you say 'yes' to serving with ACE?I decided to serve with ACE because of the opportunity to be a role model for kids. It is a chance both to make a huge intellectual impact and also to be a moral exemplar for those who might lack such a figure in their lives.
BackgroundB.A. History and English, University of Notre DameOriginally from Rochester, NY
Megan Osterhout | ACE 18
What is your favorite teaching moment?
I had a general rule with my 2nd graders that if they wished to share something with the class from home, they could do it on a Friday during our snack break. One special Friday morning, a student of mine kept begging to show me something, but in my stern teacher voice, I continually replied, "Not until snack time dear." Once it was finally snack time, my eager student peeked inside of her backpack and pulled out a cage with a sheet covering it. She quickly removed it and shouted to my class, "Look at my pet tarantula!" Let's just say that the presence of an enormous tarantula didn't go over so well with most of my students.
BackgroundB.A. American Studies, University of Notre DameOriginally from Mundelein, IL
Bridget Gartenmayer | ACE 19
What are you most looking forward to about your ACE site?Fort Worth looks like a great cultural and historical city with amazing nightlife and attractions, but I am most excited about becoming closer with my community members.
BackgroundB.A. Political Science with minors in Intercultural Studies and Justice Studies, Saint Mary's CollegeOriginally from Atchison, KS