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Life in the City

The Fruitvale neighborhood is full of fun shops and restaurants, including some of the best taquerias in the city. ACErs also enjoy their close proximity to San Francisco and Sacramento (home of another ACE community). Established in 2011, this community responds to the needs of the neighborhood's Latino families, who comprise the fastest growing population of the American Catholic Church.

ACE Oakland

Kate Bauman

Hometown

Portland, OR

Undergraduate Institution

Gonzaga University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Biology

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

Whirlwind. This experience has been both wonderful and chaotic all at the same time. I have already grown as an educator and person in numerous ways, and I am excited to see what the rest of my experience in ACE has in store.

Colin Capece

Hometown

Smithtown, NY

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Political Science

Minors: Business Economics and Journalism, Ethics and Democracy

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

My experience attending a Catholic high school transformed me into the person I am today, and my teachers were some of the important role models in my personal and spiritual development. I hope to be that person for other kids while also making learning fun!

Maggie Finnessy

Hometown

South Bend, IN

Undergraduate Institution

Northwestern University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English Literature and Biological Sciences

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

My ACE experience has been multi-faceted; the summer is challenging but the community, both the ACE team and the other ACErs, is extremely loving and supportive.

 Sarina Paolillo

Hometown

Toms River, NJ

Undergraduate Institution

Boston College

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English, Secondary Education and Applied Psychology

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

I sought the opportunity to be part of a mission greater than myself. ACE bridges community, teacher formation and spirituality for the betterment of all involved.

Danny Strebar

Hometown

Naperville, IL

Undergraduate Institution

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Education and Human Sciences

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

There is no greater privilege than being able to serve in Catholic schools. I consider it an honor and great source of pride to teach and represent ACE in the Bay Area. ACE provides such a unique opportunity to integrate yourself into a new school community, and the region certainly becomes a home. I said yes to ACE to give my school and students 100% of my time and effort, and in doing that I learn from them every single day. Our students are the future; they are the difference makers. I can only hope to help inspire or bolster their confidence in content and their aspirations. I firmly believe that they will be agents of change, and the opportunity to be a part of such a mission was impossible to ignore.

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