Where We Serve: San Antonio
"During my time at Notre Dame, my faith grew through the teachings of the Congregation of Holy Cross. Each of us are men and women with hope to bring. Even in the most challenging times - spiritually, communally, professionally, or academically - we must remember to have hope and be hope for others."
Megan Schilling | ACE 23
5th Grade Teacher at St. Thomas More
BA in American Studies with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Kansas City, MO
" I've been with ACE for only 2 weeks and the community has already made a huge impact. Although the first year of teaching will be challenging, it is comforting to know that I will have a great support system to come home to at the end of a tough day. "
Tony Metzgar | ACE 23
Middle School Social Studies Teacher at St. Mary Magdalen
BA in History and Music, Augustana University (SD)
Originally from Elk Point, SD
"Whenever I came home from a long day at school I knew that there would be someone there to make me laugh and someone there to give me a hug, whichever it was that I needed. This was a huge comfort throughout the ups and downs of the school year."
Rachel Sortino | ACE 22
Middle school Math and Science Teacher at St. Margaret Mary Catholic School
BS in Chemisty, Fordham University
Originally from Omaha, NE
"I have seen God in my school and my students in my ACE experience. I see it when my school community meets for Mass, when a student's hard work finally pays off, and when my students show love for each other. "
Matt Fava | ACE 22
4th Grade Teacher at St. Mary Magdalen
BA in History, College of the Holy Cross
Originally from Wayne, NJ
"In challenging times, my faith gives me the strength and the hope to persevere. My faith helps me focus on my purpose and trust in God's plan for me. "
Megan Fink | ACE 23
Middle School Math Teacher at St. John Berchmans
BS in Computer Science with a minor in Education, Schooling and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Brookfield, WI
"God was most evident during the challenges of the day. When I was dealing with the biggest struggles during the school day and felt overwhelmed, God would remind me that I am not alone. He was there, guiding me and looking out for me, even during the most stressful of days."
Patrick Manion | ACE 22
3rd Grade Teacher at St. James the Apostle
BS in Marketing with a minor in Management, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Originally from South Bend, IN
"This past year I have seen God in the messiness and imperfections of a school day that just left me stressed and exhausted, and in the laughs and the joys of a lesson that my students loved. I felt God's presence each day in all of the unique personalities of my students, in the helpfulness of my mentors, and in the constant support of my community members."
Jack Nash | ACE 22
Religion Teacher at St. Gerard High School
BA in Theology, Catechetics, and Psychology with a minor in Philosophy, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Originally from Norfolk, VA
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