Where We Serve: New Orleans
It’s a place that was completely devastated by Hurricane Katrina and is still in the process of healing; however, as a group we can say that it’s a place filled with culture, great music, and great food. New Orleans is a wonderful place to live and teach. As the birthplace of jazz, the city has an incredible spirit that is manifested in numerous festivals, parades, and celebrations throughout the year. From Mardi Gras to Jazz Fest, the people of New Orleans live each day to the fullest.
"My favorite teaching moment was when my class analyzed the song "Happy." We used it to find the main idea."
Olivia Furman | ACE 22
3rd Grade Teacher at Resurrection of the Lord
BA in Africana Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Lousiville, KY
"I see God through the people I work with. The children are magical. They bring so much joy to every situation. The fellow teachers care so much and try their best for the best interests of the students. The fellow ACErs and community members are amazing pillars of support and understanding. I see God in my interactions with these people. "
Chris Garibaldi | ACE 22
K-7 Spanish and Middle School Math Teacher at Our Lady of Prompt Succor
BA in History & in Economics; Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, Notre Dame, University of Houston Law Center
Originally from Houston, TX
"I said yes to ACE because I wanted to turn around and use my education to educate others. I had such great teachers growing up and I wanted to help make a difference in the lives of children right away. ACE helps me do this while living with teachers who are going through the same experience and strengthening our faith. "
Paul Coletti | ACE 23
High School Math Teacher at Academy of Our Lady
BS in Mathematics, BBA in Information Technology Management, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Belle Mead, NJ
" God has been present in my ACE community and the incredible support system it provided during my first year of teaching. Community members were supportive, helpful and loving during this challenging experience. "
Erin Bell | ACE 22
Middle School English Language Arts Teacher at St. Joan of Arc
BA in Sociology, Whitman College
Originally from Granite Bay, CA
"In my French class, I was teaching a lesson about the tragedy of the Paris attacks that happened last November. Some of the students proposed an idea to have a vigil in our school courtyard in honor of those fallen, by leading the community in French prayers. It was a solemn, yet beautiful moment initiated entirely by my students. "
Joe Broderick | ACE 22
High School French and English Teacher at Archbishop Shaw
BA in International Studies and French, Aquinas College
Originally from St. Clair, MI
"I wanted to give back in a way that I know will have a positive impact on people in need. I hope to help offer children the great opportunities I had growing up. "
Alex Nunnelly | ACE 23
High School Foreign Language Teacher at Academy of Our Lady
BA in French and Political Science with a certicificat in Public Adminstration, Providence College
Originally from Northampton, MA
"The ACE program allows me to touch the lives of students whose opportunities are routinely determined by socially constructed identities. As a teacher in ACE, I can break these boundaries placed on these beautiful minds and souls, helping and encouraging them to pursue greatness in everything they do. "
Amanda Walsh | ACE 23
2nd Grade Teacher at St. Joan of Arc
BA in Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Originally from Chicago, IL
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