Where We Serve: Austin
Austin is one of the most coveted ACE sites. It’s the live music capital of the world and home to the world’s largest bat colony. It’s deep in the heart of Texas and a vintage college town where there’s always something to do, from book festivals to film festivals and even rowing on the Colorado River. For those who love the outdoors, fabulous routes along the river are available for biking, running, and leisurely strolls. With all of these draws, it is no surprise that Austin has a history of retaining ACE teachers beyond their two years and even welcoming teachers from other communities post-ACE!
"During challenging times, my faith helps me remember what is important in life. More specifically, everyone is deserving of love and, while it may not seem like it at the time, God has a plan for everyone "
Alison O'Connor | ACE 23
High School Science Teacher at St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School
BS in Electrical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Wyckoff, NJ
"I never would have joined a teaching program so strenuous if it didn't have a community component. There is so much solidarity in a group of young and dedicated educators. We can challenge and comfort each other better than anyone else could. "
Ryan McKinley | ACE 23
Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Santa Cruz
BA in Political Science with minors in History, Women & Gender Studies, and Asian Studies, St. Louis University
Originally from St. Louis, MO
"I said "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE because I realize that I want to teach in an environment where I can help educate the whole child- spiritually, morally, and academically. Through ACE I know that I have the support of many people, including my ACE Austin community and Pastoral Team members, who can support me to fulfill my role as a Catholic school educator. "
Aleida Gomez | ACE 23
Middle School Foreign Language Teacher at St. Austin Catholic School
BS in Elementary Education, Second Language Studies and Spanish, Vanderbilt University
Originally from San Antonio, TX
"My faith has allowed me to be more reflective. Using opportunities or making moments to think about challenges and obstacles and my approach to overcoming them is an instrumental part of my faith. "
Andrew Clem | ACE 23
High School Social Studies Teacher at St. Dominic Davio Catholic High School
BA in History, Santa Clara University
Originally from Los Gatos, CA
" Turning to my faith in challenging times assures me that I'm never left alone during these times. Knowing that I can always look to my faith for guidance and support is comforting and I can always be more at peace with challenges that I may experience. "
Mark Garcia | ACE 23
3rd Grade Teacher at Cathedral School of Mary
BA in Psychology with minor in Poverty Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Santa Fe, NM
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