Where We Serve: Mission
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Mt. Holly, NJ
Tess Plummer | ACE 18
What is your favorite teaching moment?My eighth grade students and I really got into Romeo and Juliet at the end of the year. I gave them the task of modernizing a scene from the play and performing it, but I had no idea how creative and hilarious they would be. One group made a Hunger Games version, and one group turned the scene where Juliet takes the sleeping potion into a bachelorette party. Another group even made a musical where they incorporated pop music into the script, so when Juliet faked her death Lady Capulet and the others yelled "Somebody call 911! Shorty fire burnin' on the dance floor!" It was phenomenal.
BackgroundB.A. English with minors in Political Science and Faith-Justice, St. Joseph's UniversityOriginally from Dublin, PA
Sam Wernick | ACE 19
What's been the best moment of your ACE experience so far?I really enjoyed the opening retreat. It was great to get to know so many amazing people that I have the privelege of spending the next two years with.
BackgroundB.S. Political Science, Johns Hopkins UniversityOriginally from Dallas, TX
Ann Marie Ferry | ACE 18
How has ACE shaped your spiritual life?Teaching religion has shaped my spiritual life in ACE. My students have challenged and inspired me to live out my faith on a daily basis.
BackgroundB.A. Political Science with a minor in Catholic Social Tradition, University of Notre DameOriginally from Westlake, OH
Katie Dufner | ACE 18
What is your favorite ACE tradition, and why?My favorite ACE tradition is the celebration during Graduation Weekend because it is one of the few times that 3 consecutive classes of ACE teachers come together. It is a wonderful community building event because first year teachers are able to meet the graduating teachers they will be replacing and everyone is able to spend time with their new community members.
BackgroundB.A. Program of Liberal Studies and Spanish, University of Notre DameOriginally from Short Hills, NJ
Megan Whyte | ACE 19
Why did you say 'yes' to serving with ACE?I said yes to ACE for a number of reasons. Being from Ireland, I thought that the program would provide me with a chance to live and serve in a completely different part of the world. I was also intrigued by the community aspect of ACE. I have never lived away from home before and knew that living with a new group of people would open up a wide variety of opportunities for me. Overall, however, I said yes to ACE because it allows me to teach and subsequently learn with and from the 5th Grade students I will be teaching at Our Lady of Guadeloupe Elementary School in Mission.
BackgroundB.A. Education with a minor in English, St. Patrick's College (DCU)Originally from Dublin, Ireland