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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

Julia French - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Raleigh, NC

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Philosophy

Supplemental Major: Education, Schooling, and 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.

Bridget Liesman - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Okemos, MI

Undergraduate Institution

University of Michigan

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Mathematics and Spanish

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

Strengthening - Over the past year through the hard work of teaching my relationship with God, my community members, and my students has strengthened and helped me to become a better version of myself.

Jack Maier - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Pittsburgh, PA

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Physics and Theology

Why did you say "Yes" to ACE?

I have loved and benefitted a ton from Catholic schools and this is a very concrete way that I can give back. I have also always thought about going into teaching.

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!

Connor Reilly - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

Cleveland, OH

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English and Classics

Minor: Art History

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

I loved my past experiences working with children and wanted to continue this while giving back to Catholic schools.

Ana Rojas - ACE Teaching Fellows

Hometown

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.

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