Where We Serve: Plaquemine
Plaquemine is a small town (population approximately 7,500) in rural Louisiana. It is only 30 minutes from Baton Rouge and the ACE community there. According to the description on its website, “Plaquemine lies nestled in the arms of scenic Bayou Plaquemine, a historic waterway used by the early French settlers and traders. It is mentioned in Longfellow’s epic poem, ‘Evangeline,’ and the water ceremony of the International Acadian Festival re-enacts Evangeline’s arrival in Plaquemine in search for her lover, Gabriel. A waterfront part now lines the northern shore of Bayou Plaquemine.”
The name says it all… not many people have had the opportunity to live and/or work in Plaquemine, Louisiana. As a community of six, the ACEPlaquemine house has an opportunity to make its presence known in this small Louisiana town. With no movie theater, chain restaurants or shopping mall nearby, we learn to exercise our creative capacities and say “yes” to the invitations our friendly neighbors extend to Mardi Gras balls, craw fish boils, and LSU football games. With our own parking lot, LSU pool table and piano lounge, Satsuma tree and charming patio, we are well equipped to entertain others as well.
Teachers Serving This Community
Originally from Gaithersburg, MD
Amy Kirkpatrick | ACE 18
What is your favorite teaching moment?As a first year teacher, I always felt like I wasn't doing a good enough job. Typical. As I was complaining in the teacher's lounge about how my students constantly complained about speaking Spanish, a veteran teacher assured me that she had heard more Spanish in the school this year than in any of her 15 years teaching there. While they refused to speak Spanish in my classroom, apparently they loved to speak it in Math class. They even wrote the word "chicos" in permanant marker in the hallway. At least they're using it outside the classroom.
BackgroundB.A. Spanish and English with a minor in Catholic Studies, Loras CollegeOriginally from Lincoln, NE
Maria Lynch | ACE 19
What are you most looking forward to about your ACE site?My community, both in my ACE house and in the community. I am so excited for community dinners, LSU games, daquiri drive-thrus, small-town hospitality, and even alligator on a stick!
BackgroundB.A. English and Spanish, University of Notre DameOriginally from Seattle, WA
Matthew Hawk | ACE 19
What has been an ACE summer class that you've enjoyed so far?I really like Dr. Burke's English content class because he models a lot of great ideas for us to use in our courses and the microteaching lessons other students present are helpful, too. We also get a lot of useful suggestions from the ACE 18s about our projects.
BackgroundB.A. English with a minor in Theology, University of Notre DameOriginally from Lima, OH
Maura Shea | ACE 18
How has ACE shaped your spiritual life?I think the best part of being in ACE for me has been the experience of my life no longer being fully my own. In high school and in college, my life was so centered on me! My grades, my future, my plans, etc. Being in ACE has freed me from that in a way. When you're a teacher, your life isn't about you anymore, it's about your kids. They become the motivation for your hard work, the reason behind your plans, the subject of your prayers. I think I'm starting to understand a little better what Christ meant in the Gospels when he said you have to lose your life in order to truly find it.
BackgroundB.A. English and Theology with a minor in Classics, University of DallasOriginally from Stoneham, MA