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Life in the City

The ACErs are close to Dodgers’ Stadium, the Rose Bowl, Hollywood, Pasadena, and San Diego. National Parks like Sequoia and Yosemite are also only a few hours away for the outdoor enthusiasts. And, who doesn't love 75-degree days in January? Whether you like mountains, beaches, clubs, theatres, you name it, it’s near Los Angeles. 

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 city provides ACE teachers with ample opportunities to reach out to a diverse student population, many of whom are practicing Catholics.

ACE Los Angeles

HometownIsabel Bushway

Glenville, NY

Undergraduate Institution

Williams College

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Physics and Math

What are you looking forward to the most in ACE this year? 

My students! I can’t wait to get to know them and learn how to best serve them. I am so excited to learn what brings them joy and infuse their interests into my classroom. 

HometownJulia French

Raleigh, NC

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Philosophy and Education, Schooling, & Society

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

I was drawn to the ACE model and community-based service. Saying “yes” to teaching children is a weighty endeavor, and the support from the pastoral, professors and your community is unparalleled.

HometownNicolas Howayeck

Fall River, MA

Undergraduate Institution

University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Philosophy and English

Certificate: Civic Engagement and Public Service

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

I am here to give what was given to me as a Catholic high school student: an education centered on care, curiosity, and community.

HometownKathleen Miller

Catonsville, MD

Undergraduate Institution

College of the Holy Cross

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Biology 

Minor: Education

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

I love the mission of Catholic education and want to be a part of it. ACE gives me the opportunity to further my studies, deepen my faith, and hone my practice, all while being part of a great community!

HometownAna Rojas - ACE Teaching Fellows

Plano, TX

Undergraduate Institution

St. Mary's University 

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Interdisciplinary English and Language Arts

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

Humility. As a humble teacher, one must put the needs of their students before themselves. As a Catholic school teacher, I have the responsibility to be a role model of faith to my students and carry out the mission of educating the whole person.

HometownSebastian Villalobos

Tucson, AZ

Undergraduate Institution

Arizona State University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: History and Secondary Education 

What are you looking forward to the most in ACE this year? 

I'm looking forward to teaching and being present to my students. 

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