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Abigail Loughlin


Old Tappan, NJ

What do you hope to do/accomplish as an ACE Teacher?

As an ACE teacher, I hope to show my students that they matter, that they deserve to succeed, and most importantly, that they are loved by God! I will strive to make my classroom a loving and positive environment where all my students feel welcome and where all my students are eager to learn.

What experiences at your undergraduate institution helped shape your decision to pursue teaching as a possible vocation?

I have had the opportunity to tutor students in the South Bend community, which has been such a positive experience for me and has really reaffirmed my decision to pursue teaching. Not only have I helped my students learn, but I have also learned from them.

Furthermore, the classes I have taken as an ESS minor have shaped my thoughts about our country's education system and my future as a teacher. In many of these classes I have learned about issues of equity in our education system. I truly believe education can be one of the great equalizers in society, but as of right now it is not. In order for this to be true, our society will need to make many changes that I am not capable of making alone. However, I have realized that through teaching I can partake in what Father Greg Boyle calls "the slow work of God", doing my part to make our schools a little bit more just and loving.

How do you hope to grow in your experience as an ACE Ambassador/Intern?

As an ACE intern and a senior in college, this year will be a time of transition. I am preparing to finish my undergraduate studies and step into a new role as an ACE teacher. Therefore, as an intern I hope to embrace the changes that are coming and lean into discomfort. Though some of these changes may be challenging, I am also very excited for what the future holds!

Undergraduate Information

  • Institution:

    University of Notre Dame

  • Major:

    Sociology, Education, Schooling, and Society

  • Activities:

    Right to Life, Tutoring in South Bend schools, Iron Sharpens Iron, SSLP (Summer Service Learning Program) through the Center for Social Concerns