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Life in the City

Phoenix is just hours from countless breathtaking parks (Grand Canyon and Sedona to name a few). Though most people think Arizona is just a desert, we’ve got quite the varied geography. From waterfalls and pine forests to mountains and lots of cacti—we’ve got it all. Even when it is a temperate 70 in the city, there is great skiing just two hours away in Flagstaff. To top it all off, it averages 306 sunny days a year!

ACE Phoenix

Lincoln Bargender

Hometown

Caledonia, WI

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Philosophy and German

Minor: Constitutional Studies

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I want to make a difference in the lives of my students and help them to grow as young people.

Catherine Gale

Hometown

Grapevine, TX

Undergraduate Institution

Saint Louis University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Biology

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I chose to serve children in Catholic schools through ACE because attending Catholic schools growing up was a formative experience for me. My Catholic school experience has made me the person I am today and I wanted the opportunity to give back to Catholic schools in any small way that I could.

Lydia Heinen

Hometown

Pewaukee, WI

Undergraduate Institution

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Mathematics and Psychology

Minor: Physics

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I said "yes" to ACE because of my call to know, love, and serve Christ in the classroom! I am excited for the opportunity to help form students academically and spiritually while myself receiving a strong education and joining a community of educators.

 

HometownStephen Kurt

Canton, MI

Undergraduate Institution

Michigan State University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Social Science Education and Arts and Humanities

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I said yes to serving in Catholic Schools through ACE because I wanted to be able to bring Christ in the classroom and show Christ's love to students through the lens of Social Studies.

Mariana Salmeron

Hometown

Mexico City, Mexico and Dublin, OH

Undergraduate Institution

College of William & Mary

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Global Studies (European Studies)
Minor: French and Francophone Studies

If you had to pick just one word to describe your ACE experience so far, what would it be (and why)?

Transformative; Just like Jesus dying on the cross transformed so much pain into resurrection, God has transformed my heart and skills. Teaching in ACE has transformed my heart to love in the smallest ways and serve regardless of my comfort.

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