Where We Serve: Phoenix
Phoenix is an easy city to navigate, though a car is a must. The Valley houses a sprawling metropolis where one can rub elbows with the wealthy and refined in Scottsdale, the co-eds in Tempe or the salt of the earth in Goodyear. Phoenix boasts of many fine dining establishments (including In-n-Out) and offers sport-enthusiasts endless entertainment (can you say Spring Training? oh and Go Cardinals!). Recreational activities abound in the city from hiking Camelback Mountain to golfing to floating down the Salt River.
"Community life has always been a major part of my collegiate experience that I have learned to lean on. My community and I have found that we compliment each other very well, and I am certain that the teachers I will be living with will be more than capable of helping me through rough patches in my first year, and that I will be able to find ways to help them. "
Justin O'Connor | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at St. John Vianney
BS in Physics with a minor in Math and Leadership Studies, Texas A&M University
Originally from Colorado Springs, CO
"I said "yes" to serving children in Catholic schools through ACE because I want to be a part of both the educational and faith formations of young children. They are filled with so many bright and inquisitive questions, and I want to help them find answers. "
Alex Bohnsack | ACE 23
3rd Grade Teacher at Sacred Heart
BA in Psychology with minors in Education, Schooling & Society and Catholic Social Tradition, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Midland, MI
"I said 'yes' to ACE as the opportunity to share both the joys and challenges of teaching with fellow newly qualified teachers was both an exciting and a motivating prospect. The ACE program also gave me the unique opportunity to grow and develop my spirituality in a deeply meaningful way both through community living and through the medium of teaching, particularly in disadvantaged areas where compassion, understanding, kindness and the ability to impart knowledge will help the more vulnerable in our society to grow, develop and prosper while understanding the Catholic ethos."
Caoimhe Corkery | ACE 23
4th Grade Teacher at St. John Vianney
BED with a Specialism in Teagasc i Suíomhanna Lán Ghaeilge, Mary Immaculate College
Originally from Cork, Ireland
" I think community life will really help me as I will have shoulders to lean on when I struggle and people to rejoice with when I succeed. As my community members will be going through the same thing, they will be uniquely qualified to understand me and help me. Additionally, I think community life will help provide an outlet of fun and a life outside of teaching!"
Maria McGuire | ACE 23
5th Grade Teacher at Our Lady of Perpetual Help
BA in Psychology with minors in Anthropology, Education, Schooling and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from McLean, VA
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