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Life in the City

San Jose is the largest city in the Bay Area and home to Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph, the oldest parish in California. Just a short drive to the beach, mountains, or wine country, our community in San Jose is always exploring the beauty of NorCal. From the Summer Jazz Fest to Christmas in the Park, there is so much in the city for us to enjoy. 

ACE San Jose

Emma Bradley

Hometown

Concord, NH

Undergraduate Institution

Georgetown University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Foreign Service - Culture and Politics

Certification: Diplomatic Studies

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

My own Catholic high school experience and Jesuit education at Georgetown shaped me as a whole person to see myself as part of God's beautiful story and work in the world. I wanted to devote my postgraduate years to intentional direct service accompanying young people in their own journeys to become their most full authentic selves in Christ. I hope to devote my life to raising up a next generation of peacemakers, and what better way to begin than to be formed as professional educator in faith-filled community.

Owen Camas

Hometown

The Bronx, New York

Undergraduate Institution

College of the Holy Cross

Undergraduate Studies

Major: History

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

To learn and grow as an educator.

Sophie Goodwin

Hometown

Centennial, CO

Undergraduate Institution

Baylor University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English and Psychology

Minor: Spanish

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

“Relationships” because I’ve come to a more deeper understanding of what it means to build relationships of love and care with students, families, community members, and Jesus.

Matthew Nguyen

Hometown

Denver, CO

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Neuroscience
Minor: Theology and Education, Schooling, and Society

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

The innate joy, hope, and resilience in all children inspires me each day. Every child deserves to access their full potential, and I desired to devote myself to this mission in an educational setting before moving onto working in adolescent healthcare. Tomorrow’s generation has much to offer the world, and we are all better off learning a few lessons from their open-mindedness and zeal.

Gabby Silva

Hometown

San Diego, CA

Undergraduate Institution

University of Chicago

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Political Science and Comparative Race/Ethnic Studies

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

If I had to pick one word to describe my ACE experience so far, I would pick the word growth. Throughout the past year I have grown in ways I had not thought possible, although I did not grow any taller. I have had the pleasure of walking alongside my students as they have grown both as student and as people. I look forward to seeing the ways both my students and I will grow in this upcoming school year.

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