Where We Serve: Denver
We live in Denver: four pro sports teams, less than an hour from the slopes, 300+ sunny days a year, and we are close to Boulder. January weather could be 60 degrees one day or snowing the next. We’re not too close to any other ACE communities, but in the words of John Staud, “So is Hawaii but who complains about paradise!”
"I see God in many places everyday. In my community and especially in my school. The patron saint of our school is St. Rose and every morning we pass her statue, touching the corner of it to ask for help. When a lesson goes well or a student makes a beautiful connection I think of how much God and St. Rose have helped me and my students to reach that point. It is always a comforting feeling knowing that we do not have to make our way through the day alone. "
Mikaela Prego | ACE 22
4th Grade Teacher at St. Rose of Lima
BA in Psychology with a minor in Business Economics, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Medfield, MA
" My favorite teaching moment occurred during math tutoring after school. I was explaining the relationship between the area of rectangles and the area of triangles to a struggling student. Finally, after some time and frustration, something clicked! She turned to me with the biggest smile on her face saying, "Miss Cirillo, you're blowing my mind! I'm a math genius now!""
Marissa Cirillo | ACE 22
Middle School Math and Science Teacher at Guardian Angels
BS in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Theology , University of Notre Dame
Originally from Huntingtown, MD
"I see God each day in all the people that I work with on a daily basis - the students, parents, teachers and administrators. Our school is a place of ministry, and I try to seek God in every action, easy or difficult, throughout the day. "
Kyle MacDonald | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Therese
BA in English and Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Originally from Katonah, NY
"Every day I walked into my homeroom, I saw God in the 32 pre-teen faces looking back at me. The faces were sometimes smiling, sometimes sleepy, and sometimes suspicious, but if you looked a little more intently, you could see the struggle, perseverance, and triumph behind each face. I was reminded, every single day, that I had 32 beautiful reasons to give everything I possibly could to my vocation. "
Anthony Barrett | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Pius X
BA in English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Roseville, MN
"I have seen God in my students, my coworkers, and the many ACE alumni who live in Denver, but no person or thing has reflected God's presence in my life as much as my community members, whose selfless spirit of giving is a daily reminder of why I chose to be a part of ACE. "
Thomas Mann | ACE 22
High School Spanish Teacher at Bishop Machebeuf
BA in Spanish and Sociology with a supplementary major in Pre-Health Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Crestwood, KY
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