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Life in the City

Our lives in Brownsville are marked by taquerias (taco restaurants) and raspa (snow-cone) stands on every corner, bilingual Mass every Sunday morning, and treasure-hunting at La Pulga (the flea market) on the weekends. Lounging on the beaches of South Padre Island in the middle of January isn’t bad, either. Experiencing America from a South-Texan vantage point is a new and often surprising experience for most ACE teachers, but for us, it has also been one of joy, warmth, and immense hospitality (and an unending supply of Mexican food).

ACE Brownsville

Michael Averill - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Saugerties, NY

Undergraduate Institution

Siena College

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Political Science and Spanish

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I said yes to ACE because I wanted to participate in a meaningful postgrad program that allows me to grow in my faith through service and community.

Mike Badzey - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Huntington Beach, CA

Undergraduate Institution

Texas A&M University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Chemistry

Minor: STEM Education

If you had to pick just one word to describe your ACE experience so far, what would it be?

Sanctifying

Matt Curoe - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution

The Ohio State University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: English

Minors: Education and Philosophy

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

I said "yes" to serving in Catholic schools because the academic rigor guided by the Catholic tradition is life giving. Being able to talk about critical issues with my students while diving into literature in the English classroom provides both students and teacher the opportunity to grow and learn about the world around them.

Jack Harness - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Dublin, OH

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Science Business

Minor: Latino Studies

Why did you say "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE?

ACE presents an exciting opportunity to experience true accompaniment, while learning and growing personally and spiritually alongside both students and community members.

Suzy Kickham - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Pasadena, CA

Undergraduate Institution

Stanford University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Human Biology

Minor: Art History

If you had to pick just one word to describe your ACE experience so far, what would it be (and why)?

Rewarding. Though I have encountered challenges in ACE, the joy of surmounting the challenges, whether in classes, community, or my classroom, is rewarding.

HometownLizzie Todd - ACE Teaching Fellow

St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Film, Television, and Theatre and Political Science

If you had to pick just one word to describe your ACE experience so far, what would it be (and why)?

Growth. This program challenges us to grow in our faith, academics, and friendships every day. It has not been easy, but I have felt stronger because of it!

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