Where We Serve: Corpus Christi
Corpus Christi is a smaller city that is easy to navigate. Everything is close and easily accessible. There are plenty of restaurants in the city and beaches nearby. You can basically find any store you are looking for in Corpus. Corpus is home to approximately 200,000 people, including a large Naval Air base located approximately 10-15 minutes from downtown. It is a quite diverse city with a military presence, large Hispanic community, oil and energy industry professionals, and “may be the only city in Texas where cowboys and surfers live harmoniously”. It is also home to some of the top high school baseball talent in the entire country.
"I think community life will be a source of support and comfort during my first year of teaching. We are all taking on a huge challenge, but we can lean on each other for support and hope as we walk through our ACE journey together. "
Katherine Lumetta | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at Bishop Garriga Middle Prep
BS in Biological Sciences with minor in Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Originally from St. Louis, MO
"Faith helps me by providing an escape from the challenges of life. Kneeling quietly in the Grotto, listening to a good homily by Fr. Joe or Fr. Sean, or saying a rosary with others allows me to take refuge in Christ and seek guidance for my struggles. "
Erik Mendoza | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at St. Anthony
BS in Science-Business , University of Notre Dame
Originally from Fort Worth, TX
"I have seen God in the compassionate leadership of my administration, in the tireless effort of my mentor teacher, in the thoughtful words of my ACE 22 friends, and, most of all, in the forgiving love my students shared with me. "
Maria Murphy | ACE 22
Middle School Social Studies Teacher at Bishop Garriga
BA in Political Science with a minor in Education, Schooling, & Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from South Bend, IN
"I've seen God in how much my students cared about me. "
Cory Nagel | ACE 22
5th Grade Teacher at St. Anthony
BA in Political Science with a minor in International Studies, Elon University
Originally from Wilmette, IL
"My faith is what uplifts me when I am feeling most in desolation. Someone's smile, the embrace of a friend, the beauty of a tree—seeing God in these things give me faith and are a source of solace when life is most challenging."
Clare Wojda | ACE 23
4th Grade Teacher at St. Cyril & Methodius
BS in Elementary Education, Spring Hill College
Originally from St. Paul, MN
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