Where We Serve: Fort Worth
Fort Worth is home to about half a million people, and is located 45 minutes from Dallas. It is nicknamed “Cow Town” because of its Historic Stockyards, which look like something straight out of the Old West, complete with cobblestone streets, Billy Bob’s Texas (the biggest honky-tonk bar in the country), a mechanical bull, and Texas longhorns that are walked through the street twice a day. In our opinion, we think it is the best city in Texas-- and apparently we're not alone in that sentiment since Fort Worth has been voted one of the "most livable cities in America."
"I always knew I wanted to teach. When I came to Notre Dame, I was able to combine my spirituality and my academics, and find a community that gave me support and a sense of solidarity that has defined my undergraduate experience. I knew that I wanted that same kind of feeling when I started teaching, and I knew that ACE would provide that support."
Trini Bui | ACE 23
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. George
BA in English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Tucson, AZ
"I was fortunate in that my community was comprised of incredibly talented and thoughtful individuals. Everyday when I returned from a long day at school, my community members asked, "How was your day?" When I needed to vent, they were there; when I needed to be alone, they graciously allowed me space; when I was lagging or lacking in work or in prayer, they inspired me to demand better of myself. Community is not always comfortable and from day-to-day it is not glamorous, but through the lens that retrospect affords, I can see that my home was not only my haven, but a space that brought me to a better understanding of myself, others, and God. "
Darby Evans | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at All Saints
BA in English, BS in Journalism and Mass Communications, University of Kansas
Originally from Leawood, KS
"Fort Worth was special because of the individuals in the community. While all different, everyone was welcoming of one another and supportive of the efforts made by each of the members in our community. In short, we grew together on our ACE mission. "
Tony Springmann | ACE 22
Social Studies Teacher at Nolan High School
BA in US History with a minor in Business Economics, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Fort Wayne, IN
"I said yes to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE because every child deserves a quality education. ACE gives each child a chance to reach two very important goals: college and heaven! "
Genevieve Philbin | ACE 23
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Rita
BA in English and Film, Saint Josephs's University
Originally from Scranton, PA
"Community life was probably my favorite part of this past year. The friendship and support of my community members were invaluable. I am a better person today because of my community. Our community was so special because we were able to share in each other's successes and failures. "
Paul Vanasse | ACE 22
Middle School Science Teacher at St. George
BA in Biology with a minor in Theology; MA in Theology, St. John's University (MN)
Originally from Wilson, WI
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