Where We Serve: Biloxi
In order to respond to the needs of the Catholic schools along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we teach in Biloxi and Pascagoula. These towns are wonderfully welcoming and the school communities take great care of the ACErs. Perhaps, this is due in part to the long history ACE has here; teachers first came to the Coast in 1995 and have been here ever since.
"My own K-12 Catholic education was fundamental in my faith formation. I wanted to give back to the educational system that shaped who I am today. I hope that I can instill in my students the same love of truth, beauty, and goodness that my teachers inculcated in me."
Alise Alexander | ACE 23
High School Foreign Language Teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School
BA in French Language and Literature with a concentration in Political Science, Furman University
Originally from Baton Rouge, LA
"Some of my favorite moments from my first year actually occurred in my free period when a group of senior girls would congregate in my room. To be able to witness and share in their growth through conversations about the future, relationships, school, and their faith reminds me that teaching is sacred. "
Grace Carroll | ACE 22
Spanish and Religion Teacher at Resurrection Catholic High School
BA in Theology and Spanish with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Portsmouth, RI
"My community members are such a lively, inspiring, inspired group of people! Nobody understands the first years of teaching better than those right in the thick of it, and they are so helpful to talk to and bounce ideas off of. It is so nice to have them as my colleagues, but even better to have them as my friends. "
Brian Scully | ACE 22
Science Teacher at Resurrection Catholic High School
BA in Psychology and Pre-Health Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Gainesville, GA
" My favorite teaching moment from the year occurred on the last day of school before Christmas break. That morning, I had left an encouraging note on one of my student's desks updating him on his progress towards his 2nd quarter reading goal. That afternoon he came up to me with a huge grin on his face, handed me the post-it note, and told me to flip it over. On the back it said "I did it"! "
Emily Voorde | ACE 22
2nd Grade Teacher at Resurrection Catholic Elementary School
BA in Political Science with minors in Constitutional Studies and Business Economics, University of Notre Dame
Originally from South Bend, IN
"My community is an incredible support network. They will encourage me by journeying with me throughout my time with ACE. I am so blessed to be living with and working alongside such uplifting, selfless, and positive men and women."
Michael DeSalvo | ACE 23
High School Social Studies Teacher at St. Patrick Catholic School
BA in Political Science and Theology, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Cleveland, OH
"After a getting a STEM grant to plant a garden at my school, we immediately purchased a compost tumbler and put all the cafeteria scraps into it. One day, while loading a particularly stinky batch of compost into the tumbler, a student vomited due to the smell but got right back up, insisting, "I just want to do this for you, Mr. Padrnos!" When you think teaching is tough and that you go all out for students, you realize that your students go all out for you. "
Nick Padrnos | ACE 22
5th Grade Teacher at St. Alphonsus
BBA in Economics with minors in Entrepreneurship, English, and Catholic Studies, Gonzaga University
Originally from Monument, CO
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