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ACE Teaching Fellows Team

Pastoral & Administrative Team

One of the unique aspects of ACE is the personal support provided by the ACE Team. Members of the ACE Pastoral and Administrative Team stay in regular contact with and visit the ACE communities every semester, supporting and challenging ACE teachers in their personal, communal, and spiritual lives. Because they are all former teachers, they can relate in a particularly compelling way to the joys and struggles of beginning teaching and community life that ACE teachers often experience.

Support Team

Additional team members on Notre Dame's campus and in the field support ACE teachers throughout their two years of service.

John Staud, Ph.D.

John Staud, Ph.D.

Acting Director, Institute for Educational Initiatives

Fr. Lou DelFra, C.S.C.

Fr. Lou DelFra, C.S.C.

ACE Director of Pastoral Life

John Schoenig

John Schoenig

Senior Director, Teacher Formation and Education Policy

Judy Madden

Judy Madden

Student Support Specialist

Fr. Joe Carey, C.S.C.

Fr. Joe Carey, C.S.C.

ACE Chaplain

Alec Torigian

Alec Torigian

PATH Graduate Support Program Coordinator; Associate Director, ACE Teaching Fellows

Erin Rosario

Erin Rosario

Associate Director for Programming

Michael Comuniello

Michael Comuniello

Associate Director for Recruiting

Bridgette McDermott

Bridgette McDermott

Associate Recruiting Coordinator, ACE Teaching Fellows

Patrick Kirkland

Patrick Kirkland

Associate Director for Academics, ACE Teaching Fellows

Kevin Fitzsimmons

Kevin Fitzsimmons

Associate Program Director

Katie Moran

Katie Moran

Associate Program Director

Patrick Couch

Patrick Couch

Associate Program Director

Catherine Wagner

Catherine Wagner

Associate Program Director

Itzxul Moreno, M.Ed.

Itzxul Moreno, M.Ed.

Associate Program Director, ACE Teaching Fellows Coordinator, English as a New Language

Kenna Arana

Kenna Arana

Associate Program Director, ACE Teaching Fellows

Kathleen Fulcher

Kathleen Fulcher

Senior Program Manager

Martha Kempf

Martha Kempf

Sr. Administrative Assistant, ACE Teaching Fellows

Renee Grubert

Renee Grubert

Administrative Assistant

About Us

The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) is a two-year fellowship in which participants teach in an under-resourced Catholic school while also earning a cost-free Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame. By forming a new generation of committed, faith-filled Catholic school teachers, ACE aspires to sustain and strengthen Catholic education.

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