Where We Serve: Oakland
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Overland Park, KS
Rachel Marchand | ACE 18
What is your favorite ACE tradition, and why?My favorite ACE tradition is December Retreat. Your first semester of teaching is a rewarding, but very challenging one. Knowing that you were going to see all of your friends the first week in December was very comforting. I can still remember seeing my friends upon arrival in Austin, and it was great to know that we were going to have the next three days to spend time and relax together. Everyone had told me how great retreat was, but I could not have imagined how rewarding it was. Not only was it great to just be with 180 other teachers going through the same thing as you, but it was also the moment I realized how wonderful people in ACE truly are. I recognized the fact that everyone in the room had dedicated two years of their lives to service to Catholic schools and how humble they were about this sacrifice. I left December retreat recharged and rejuvenated, personally, spiritually, professionally, and with the ACE community.
BackgroundB.S. Political Science with a minor in History, University of PennsylvaniaOriginally from Camp Hill, PA
Mike Wagner | ACE 18
What is your favorite Community story?In the spring, Rachel ran a half-marathon in support of breast cancer awareness and her mother's battle through it. Tim and I were eager to support her during the race, so come race day, we were all set to cheer her on. After bonding with the race photographer at Mile 11 for quite a while, Rachel finally had reached us - we were so thrilled to see her, but she was even more excited to see us! We had so much fun celebrating her finish at the expo after the race - the photo booth pictures are priceless.
BackgroundB.A. Classics and Greek and Roman Civilization, University of Notre DameOriginally from St. Louis, MO