Where We Serve: Richmond
Our community has recently moved north from historic Petersburg, Virginia, to the major city of Richmond. This state capital and home to both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond is currently under-going a self-proclaimed Renaissance of urban revival. As such, Richmond offers a multitude of not only historic sites, but opportunities in the performing arts and major sporting events.
As the “North of the South and the South of the North,” Richmond boasts surprising diversity in every sense of the word. Our home is in biking distance, not only from one of the two schools we serve, but the state capitol, both major universities, and numerous cultural districts. Together, we are - Richmond, VA.
"I said "yes" to serving through ACE because I have been blessed with 17 incredible and formative years of Catholic schooling. My teachers have served as positive role models of faith, hope, and love in my life, and I want to give back to Catholic education by serving as a similar model for my own students."
Sean Tenaglia | ACE 23
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at All Saints Catholic School
BA in American Studies with minors in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy and Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Weymouth, MA
"Living in community is meant to reflect the situation of the early Church, where members would share meals together before going out to preach the good news. Community life will provide me with a network of friends who share a common mission and act as valuable resources of knowledge, faith, and support. "
Michael Watko | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at St. Joseph
BS in Science-Business , University of Notre Dame
Originally from Massilon, OH
"My faith gives me someone I can always turn to. I know God is always there to listen to me. Through this I find strength. "
Sean Lee | ACE 23
Middle School Social Studies Teacher at St. Joseph
BA in History and Political Science, University of Oregon
Originally from New York
"Constantly remembering that I am a beloved child of God with whom He is well pleased is what keeps me going even in the challenging moments of my life. My faith, both as an individual and as part of the greater Catholic and Christian communities, has been my rock to lean on in many of these moments of challenge in my life. Even in these challenges, recognizing God's great love for me and His call for me to radiant His love and joy to all is what pushes me on beyond these times of challenge."
Taylor Kelly | ACE 23
Middle School Science Teacher at All Saints Catholic School
BS in Pre-Professional Studies and Psychology, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Hudson, OH
"In moments of struggle, we are called to remember that our surest avenue to peace—to joy, to love, to forgiveness—is and always will be through a faith in our living God. As I begin my first year of teaching, I know that it is only through Christ that I will be able to face these next months in humility, strength, and reflection."
Abbey Dankoff | ACE 23
3rd Grade Teacher at St. Joseph
BA in Design with minors in Peace Studies and Poverty Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Akron, OH
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