Where We Serve: Santa Ana
Looking to shred some waves on a surfboard, drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, or spend a weekend in Disneyland? Then Santa Ana is the place for you! Santa Ana is home to a great mix of Mexican cuisine and some of the most cutting-edge of OC’s restaurants. We are just ten minutes from the beach but be careful of the Santa Ana Freeway at the 605. It gets pretty jammed on the weekends!
" Around Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we wrote "I Have a Dream" speeches in which students chose an issue they were particularly passionate about, wrote, and presented speeches to their peers. I was impressed by the maturity, concern, and vulnerability my students shared. I chose teaching because I wanted to help kids believe in their own voice, and this project stoked my fire."
Jennifer Yu | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts Teacher at St. Justin Martyr
BBA in Business Management with a secondary major in English Writing, Loyola Marymount University
Originally from Reseda, CA
"I have experienced the presence of God throughout my ACE experience in recognizing the most important aspect of service: love. To love my community, my students, and all I encounter is to been in the presence of God. "
Andrew Nguyen | ACE 22
Middle School Language Arts and Science Teacher at St. Anne
BA in Integral Liberal Arts, Saint Mary's College of California
Originally from Santa Clara, CA
"I'm looking forward to simply coming home to share the joys and trials of the day with my community members. I believe that God often works through other people and that, especially during what will surely be a challenging first year of teaching, my community members will be a constant source of God's love in my life. "
Charles Klingenberger | ACE 23
5th Grade Teacher at Christ Cathedral Academy
BA in European History, Minor in Mass Communications, Washington and Lee University
Originally from Hinsdale, IL
"Although some days were better than others, I was always reminded of God's presence through my students. Each day I knew I was simply called to love and serve. "
Stacy Sanchez | ACE 22
5th Grade Teacher at St. Joseph
BS in Human Development and Psychological Services with a minor in Latino Studies and certificate in Civic Engagement , Northwestern University
Originally from Sanger, CA
"I firmly believe in the importance of Catholic education. Being able to grow intellectually and spiritually in the same setting is a privilege that I have never been without, and now would like to share with others. An opportunity to play a facilitating role in a student coming to know Jesus and growing in his/her faith, is one to which I look forward. "
Margaret Schmid | ACE 23
3rd Grade Teacher at School of Our Lady
BA in Psychology with minors in Theology and Latino Studies, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Granger, IN
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