The Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) has announced and welcomed the members of its newest cohort of teachers joining ACE Teaching Fellows—a group of ninety-five recent college graduates who have distinguished themselves with a record of academic achievement, dedication to serving marginalized communities, and zeal for empowering children through Catholic schools.
This year’s ACE class includes graduates from top colleges and universities around the country—including Notre Dame, Harvard, Yale, University of Virginia, The Catholic University of America, Vanderbilt, and Gonzaga—nine first-generation college students, twenty-five students of color, and twenty-three teachers who served as resident assistants during their undergraduate careers. Members of the 23rd cohort of Teaching Fellows hail from thirty-two states and forty-seven universities, including fourteen new partner institutions.
Through their two-year teaching fellowship, each member will earn a fully-funded graduate degree from Notre Dame while serving as a classroom teacher in one of ACE’s partner schools and living in an intentional community with other ACE Teachers. ACE partners with more than 100 Catholic schools serving marginalized populations in more than 30 cities throughout the country. Since the program’s launch in 1993, ACE has formed nearly 1,500 such teachers—approximately 76% remain in K–12 education, while others have gone on to successful careers in business, engineering, medicine, law, and the academy.
“We believe that nothing is more important to the future of our nation, our Church, and our local communities than the development of schools that are worthy of the children entrusted to our care—and nothing is more important to the development of such schools than the formation of talented and committed educational leaders,” John Schoenig, ACE’s senior director of teacher formation and education policy, said. “This new cohort of ACE teachers represents a tremendous sign of hope for Catholic schools and students throughout the country. We are confident that they are willing to do whatever it takes to help place their students firmly on the path to college and heaven.“