Where We Serve: Pensacola
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Minnetonka, MN
Ryan Schwab | ACE 18
What is your favorite teaching moment?I had a student who was not doing what he was supposed to be doing. I walked over towards his desk and opened my arms and said in a bit of a sarcastic way, "Hey buddy, do you really think you're doing what you need to be doing?" Before I got to "....really think you're doing what....." the student understood my open arms as an invitation to a hug. He wrapped his arms really tight around my waist and I couldn't help but not be upset anymore. I hugged him and asked him to get back to what he needed to be working on.
BackgroundB.A. Political Science and Theology, University of Notre DameOriginally from Ironton, OH
Paul Hotovy | ACE 18
What is your favorite Community story?Ryan took me thrifting on a Friday night in P'Cola. We drove around, checking out stores that were closed. Finally, we came back home. Surprise! A birthday party for who? Me? Yes, a birthday party, complete with Nutella, argyle socks, and ducktape. Why was I so shocked. Well this was January 30 and my birthday is June 25.
BackgroundB.A. History, University of Notre DameOriginally from Omaha, NE
Meghan Kerr | ACE 18
What has been an ACE summer class that you've enjoyed so far?ACE has shaped my spiritual life by proving to me that my work can be prayerful, without actually praying. I've come to learn how the service we do is considered a form of prayer, and is a great one at that. I also have learned the importance of communal prayer, and how the Holy Spirit reveals itself through it.
BackgroundB.A. Theology with minors in Philosophy and Information Technology , Saint Louis UniversityOriginally from Lisle, IL
Catherine Toupin | ACE 19
Why did you say 'yes' to serving with ACE?I liked the opportunity to not only receive a Master's Degree and certification, but also that the program emphasize faith and service. I think the emphasis on being servants rather than saviors provides a great perspective as a teacher and gives us the positive foundation necessary to be truly influential in our students' lives.
BackgroundB.S. English with minor in Communication, Univ of IL Urbana-ChampaignOriginally from River Forest, IL