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Dallas ACE Advocates: Spreading the Good News About Catholic Schools

Maria Murphy on Tuesday, 02 January 2018.

Dallas ACE Advocates

When describing her first year as an ACE teacher, Elizabeth Nava says, “I saw myself as a person with hope to bring.”

Elizabeth, who graduated in the 15th cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows and taught in Atlanta, has remained committed to spreading this hope to Catholic schoolchildren. After her service with ACE, Elizabeth taught at St. Monica Catholic School in Dallas, Texas. While she has since left the classroom, Elizabeth continues to support Catholic education and now leads the Dallas ACE Advocates regional community. This group, comprised of over 100 ACE graduates and friends of ACE in Dallas, strives to “find ways to be the salt and the light and the yeast in the world.”

Teachers Helping Teachers: Kelden Formosa, ACE 22

Kati Macaluso, Ph.D. Matt Rhodes on Thursday, 21 December 2017.

Kelden Formosa Teachers Helping Teachers

Kelden Formosa, a graduate of the 22nd Cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows, returned to his home country of Canada upon finishing his time in the program. He now teaches 5th grade at Immaculate Conception in Vancouver.

In the second segment of ACE Advocates’ Teachers Helping Teachers series, Kelden discusses his Word of the Day routine. As the name suggests, Kelden incorporates this into his classroom every morning to ensure that students go home each day having learned at least one new vocabulary word. This activity takes place in three main phases: the teaching phase, the practicing phase, and the assessment phase.

Sheila Walsh (ACE 21) Honored as Outstanding New Math Teacher of the Year in Louisiana

on Friday, 15 December 2017.

Sheila Walsh ACE 21 New Outstanding Teacher of the Year

ACE graduate Sheila Walsh was honored by the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics (LATM) as the Outstanding New Math Teacher of the Year at the organization’s annual conference in Baton Rouge on November 7.

ACE Teachers-in-Residence Return to Campus for an Instructional Leadership Summit

Kati Macaluso, Ph.D. on Tuesday, 05 December 2017.

Teachers in Residence

“The classroom,” writes teacher educator Sharon Feiman-Nemser, “is not only a place to teach children, but a place to learn more about teaching and learning.” Graduates of ACE’s Teaching Fellows Program often express similar sentiments, seeing their first two years of ACE-sponsored teacher training as a beginning phase of what might more accurately be called a career-long continuum of teacher learning.

Notre Dame's ESTEEM Program Spotlights Arielle Gannon (ACE 22)

on Monday, 04 December 2017.

By: Gene Stowe

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ESTEEM Program Arielle Gannon ACE

Arielle Gannon, who graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in theoretical physics, completed Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program where she spent two years teaching AP Physics 1 and 2, AP Calculus AB, and Robotics at a Catholic school in Mission, Tex., and earned a master’s degree in education. She created a robotics program at the school that sparked her interest in entrepreneurship.