Where We Serve: Baton Rouge
Sitting on the banks of the Mississippi River and at the junction of Interstates 10 and 12, Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana. The population of the city proper is about 227,000, a number that reflects a recent post-Katrina surge in population. It boasts both variety and quality in food and music, and generally contains an eclectic mix of the cultures and ways of life found throughout the State of Louisiana. In particular, the city has a passionate love affair with its food; in fact, local teachers have been known to explain, "Our state monuments are found on every plate."
"My faith in God and in Christ Jesus is my rock and my relationship with and understanding of our Heavenly Father is the core around which my entire life is centered. Therefore, in challenging times, as well as in joyous moments, I seek to remember that the Lord is always present--holding us in His arms, loving and forgiving and encouraging us, and redeeming our suffering into beauty even when we do not see it. I believe all things are possible through our God, and prayer through music, enriching my faith through community life, and striving to dive deeper into personal relationship with God are all ways that in even the darkest of times I strive to keep my eyes on the light. "
Julianne Pearson | ACE 23
HS Spanish Teacher at St. John High School
BA in Spanish and Psychology, Bucknell University
Originally from Bethesda, MD
"I realized late in my college career that nothing brought me more joy than teaching what I loved to people that needed it. I credit Catholic Education to forming who I am today, and this is my way of wanting to continue that transformative tradition. "
Patrick Scheuring | ACE 23
High School Social Studies Teacher at St. John High School
BA in History with a minor in Art History, Loyola Marymount University
Originally from Anthem, Arizona
"I said "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE because this program not only allows me to shape the minds of future writers, editors, and scholars, but also allows me to witness the growth of future saints. I could not feel luckier to serve ACE and the Baton Rouge community."
Audrey Tatum | ACE 23
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Elizabeth School
BA in English and Italian, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Bloomfield, MI
"I'm looking forward to having a built-in support system to come home to every day. I'm looking forward to watching my community members grow in Christ and helping them along their journeys in any way I can. "
Karen Gilmore | ACE 23
High School Foreign Language Teacher at Ascension High School
BA in Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Reynoldsburg, OH
"My faith helps me during challenging times by giving me a rock to ground myself on. I know that when times get rough and stressful, I can always turn to the everlasting love of God to find peace and strength. "
Zach Zamora | ACE 23
High School Science Teacher at St. John High School
BS in Chemical Engineering, University of Notre Dame
Originally from San Antonio, TX
"I said "yes" to ACE because I watched my Catholic grade school close its doors this spring despite all the good it was doing in our community. I see a need for young Catholic educators to come to the need of these fantastic institutions that we owe some much to ourselves. "
Charlie Labuz | ACE 23
High School Language Arts Teacher at Ascension High School
BBA in Finance and English, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Chicago, IL
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