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Where We Serve: Tucson

Tucson

Tucson is an awesome city. As the provider of beautiful sunsets, mountain views, and gorgeous scenery, the Old Pueblo has lots to offer. The home of the University of Arizona and their much beloved Wildcats, Tucson has a number of historic, social, and cultural areas. Fine Mexican dining, vibrant Mexican culture, and street festivals abound. Tucson boasts Saguaros galore and an occasional wild javelin. ACE Phoenix also happens to be two hours away.

We pride ourselves on upholding the Tucson tradition of sharing many meals together each week. Together we laugh in our living room, grade papers on our many couches, and watch various sports throughout the year. We can often be found attending events at each of the four schools which helps to etablish a sense of community within the larger context of our Catholic schools.

Teachers Serving This Community

  • Rose Raderstorf

    Rose Raderstorf | ACE 20

    Teaches 5th Grade at Santa Cruz

    How has ACE shaped your spiritual life?

    Before this year, I had never understood what it meant to have childlike faith. But after a year of watching 10- and 11-year-olds question, believe, struggle, and grasp with their budding faith, that phrase makes sense. Kids have a way of putting things so simply, yet so profoundly. We could all use a little childlike faith in our lives!

    Background

    B.A. Psychology and Spanish with a minor in Poverty Studies, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Columbus, OH
  • Katie Puszka

    Katie Puszka | ACE 21

    Teaches English at St. Miguel High School

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

    Kaleidoscopic. I have quickly learned that education is a myriad of changing colors, shapes, concepts, and ideas. No two days (or students) are identical, and although each "view" is beautiful, you never know what you are going to get!

    Background

    B.A. English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Linda Scheiber

    Linda Scheiber | ACE 20

    Teaches Middle School Social Studies and Science at St. John the Evangelist

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

    I would describe my ACE experience as "joyfulchallenging" because I can't pick just one word. Teaching is a challenge that leads to great growth, and that is why I also look back on the year with joy -- I am so grateful for my students, my community, and the grace of the Holy Spirit that carried me through it all.

    Background

    B.A. American Studies and Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Toledo, OH
  • Torey Tonche

    Torey Tonche | ACE 21

    Teaches Math at St. Augustine High School

    How do you hope to grow in your faith through ACE?

    Through ACE, I am hoping to grow in my faith by challenging my future students to talk about their faith with others. I hope this will help me to be more open with my faith to others.

    Background

    B.A. Mathematics, St. Mary's San Antonio
    Originally from Richwood, TX
  • Nick Blashill

    Nick Blashill | ACE 21

    Teaches Middle School Language Arts at Santa Cruz

    How do you hope to grow in your faith through ACE?

    As an undergrad, I grew in my faith by critically examining it in my PLS courses. I'm looking forward to now growing in my faith actively through service. I see ACE as an opportunity to put the spiritual strides I've made over the past four years into practice.

    Background

    B.A. Program of Liberal Studies and Economics, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Downers Grove, IL
  • Katie Mullins

    Katie Mullins | ACE 21

    Teaches 3rd Grade at St. Ambrose

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

    Exhilarating! I am learning so much, and everything is moving at lightning speed as we approach the start of the school year. I cannot wait to take what I am learning and bring it to my classroom of students in August!

    Background

    B.A. Film, Television, and Theatre with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Hudson, OH
  • Carolyn Keefe

    Carolyn Keefe | ACE 21

    Teaches Chemistry at St. Augustine High School

    What are you most looking forward to about your ACE site?

    I am looking forward to the excitement of living in a completely foreign environment. I am delighted to experience the climate, wildlife, activities, food, and culture of Tucson and to share these new experiences with my wonderful fellow community members.

    Background

    B.S. Chemistry and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Bear, DE
  • Michael Donnelly

    Michael Donnelly | ACE 20

    Teaches Middle School Language Arts at Saints Peter and Paul

    What is your favorite teaching moment?

    I had a student say, "That last quiz made me critically think." I almost fainted I was so happy.

    Background

    B.A. Creative Writing and Secondary Education, Loras College
    Originally from Park Ridge, IL
  • Rose Raderstorf
  • Katie Puszka
  • Linda Scheiber
  • Torey Tonche
  • Nick Blashill
  • Katie Mullins
  • Carolyn Keefe
  • Michael Donnelly

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