Eleven years have passed since I stepped foot in my English classroom at Ascension Catholic High School in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, to begin my ACE teaching experience. Like any beginning teacher, I remember there was so much I felt I didn’t know. But as a lifelong student of Catholic schools, and a witness to the dynamism and dedication of the ACE Teachers who had lived and taught in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama, I knew this: I had been given an incredible gift. As a Catholic educator, I had the opportunity not only to teach, but also to engage in a mission and movement much larger than myself.
As many of you know, Sarah and her husband Chris just welcomed a new member of their family, John Peter Perkins, who was born on June 19th. The whole Perkins family is doing very well! Sarah’s role at ACE will be transitioning to part time, and we wanted to take this opportunity to thank Sarah for her countless contributions to the ACE Movement.
"We don’t speak much about love in education, not even during Catholic Schools Week. Instead, we focus on more tangible measures of success: how 99 percent of Catholic school students get their high-school diplomas; how a black or Latino child is 2.5 times more likely to graduate from college if he or she has attended a Catholic high school; how Catholic schools manage to do all this at a fraction of the cost of public schools."