Where We Serve: LA South Central
The community in LA South Central is one of two ACE communities in the city. The teachers there are responding daily to the diverse needs of the students and families they serve. On any given Sunday, Mass is said in 38 different languages. The Latino communities at the school parishes are very welcoming to the ACE teachers.
"Living in community provided me a system of support and stability during a somewhat tumultuous year. My community helped me both engage in teaching, as well as disengage. "
Nic Herrmann | ACE 22
5th Grade Teacher at St. Albert the Great
BA in Communication Studies , Loyola University Chicago
Originally from St. Louis, MO
"I said "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE because I wanted to make an immediate impact on the lives of children in a way that is helpful to their future. I love the integration of education, faith, and community. "
Frank Spesia | ACE 23
4th Grade Teacher at Holy Trinity
BA in Political Sciene and a Supplementary Major in Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Joilet, IL
"I especially saw God in one student who sometimes struggles in class due to autism; he comes in every day with a smile, works hard to follow my directions when I work with him individually, and beams with joy when he has a moment of success. "
Ashley Currey | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Albert the Great
BA in Theology and English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Pittsburgh, PA
"I said yes to serving in Catholic schools because, for me, saying yes to serving in Catholic schools is the best way for me to say thank you to my parents, teachers, and friends, who contributed to the beautiful Catholic education I received. It is in Catholic schools that I learned to love, to love my neighbors, to love God, to love myself, and to love learning, and I think the best way to say thank you for this gift is to try and share this love with and teach this love to the children I will serve."
Elizabeth Charles | ACE 23
2nd Grade Teacher at Immaculate Conception
BA in English and Theology , University of Notre Dame
Originally from Henderson, NV
"My faith has helped me have perspective during difficult times. Knowing that this is not the end and not our final home makes most challegnes a bit easier to handle."
Katherine Heussman | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at Holy Trinity
BS in Biological Studies with a minor in Anthropology, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Steilacoom, WA
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