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Life in the City

Chicago is a city filled with culture, food and sports. From deep dish Chicago-style pizza to Chicago dogs, there's something for every foodie. The Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum provide day long adventure destinations. Loyalties will be tested as Chicago boasts two baseball teams, the White Sox and Cubs.

ACE Chicago

Kate Bockholt - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Austin, TX

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Neuroscience and Behavior

Minor: Compassionate Care in Medicine

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

Busy! Being a first year teacher is chaotic and it seems like you can never really know what to expect, but that's part of what makes it fun! I taught 6 different classes, which made planning incredibly difficult since there was no overlap. On top of this, I have been applying to medical school, so it really felt like there was never a break from the work I had to do. Despite how busy this experience has been, though, I wouldn't trade it for the world. I've absolutely loved getting to know all of my students, and I'm so lucky to be able to teach them all again next year. My community members have become some of my closest friends and are the people I talk to about my day-to-day at school and my personal life. Having that built-in support system is what made this year manageable, and I'm so grateful to have had such a good group of people by my side.

HometownEmily Curtis

Los Altos, CA

Undergraduate Institution

Villanova University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English and Communication

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

I strongly believe teaching as a Catholic Educator is a vocation. The mission of the ACE program is one I feel called to and couldn’t be more excited to serve Chicago Catholic Schools!

Chris Dean - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Richmond, VA

Undergraduate Institution

Trinity College

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Business Administration

HometownCameron Dowd

Topsfield, MA

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Psychology and Anthropology

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

I want to serve young people through education!

Peter Gruber - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Cincinnati, OH

Undergraduate Institution

Xavier University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: History

Minor: Economics

Why did you say "Yes" to ACE?

I said yes to ACE because I believe it will help me grow as an educator, and as a man. I believe teaching in a Catholic School provides a great opportunity to pursue my passions of history, coaching, but most importantly connecting and working with students. I understand teaching is an incredible responsibility and I have so much to learn. However, I believe the ACE program will both challenge and support me to make the transition into the field as smooth as possible.

Benjamin MacDonald

Hometown

Smithfield, RI

Undergraduate Institution

Providence College

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: History and Secondary Education

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

I said "yes" to ACE to serve students and their communities and to be a source of positivity and guidance in and out of the classroom. Being a teacher is a tremendous responsibility and ACE has provided an opportunity for me to become a better man, leader and the best teacher I can possibly be for my students!

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