Where We Serve: Tucson
Tucson is an awesome city. As the provider of beautiful sunsets, mountain views, and gorgeous scenery, the Old Pueblo has lots to offer. The home of the University of Arizona and their much beloved Wildcats, Tucson has a number of historic, social, and cultural areas. Fine Mexican dining, vibrant Mexican culture, and street festivals abound. Tucson boasts Saguaros galore and an occasional wild javelin. ACE Phoenix also happens to be two hours away.
We pride ourselves on upholding the Tucson tradition of sharing many meals together each week. Together we laugh in our living room, grade papers on our many couches, and watch various sports throughout the year. We can often be found attending events at each of the four schools which helps to establish a sense of community within the larger context of our Catholic schools.
"Among many things, ACE has helped me to be more patient, more organized, and more loving. I have learned to be flexible, to adapt to new situations, and to pay attention to the needs that are in front of me. No matter what I do going forward, I know that the first step should always be to get to know the people you serve, for the best teaching starts with listening."
Katie Mullins | ACE 21
2nd Grade Teacher at Santa Cruz
BA in Film, Television, and Theatre with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Hudson, OH
"Community stretches you to see outside yourself and grown in ways that you previously did not think were possible. One of the greatest gifts of community has been the aspect of solidarity you share with your housemates and the knowledge that you are never alone."
Katie Puszka | ACE 21
English Teacher at St. Miguel High School
BA in English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Buffalo Grove, IL
"I felt a real inner peace when thinking about serving with ACE. No matter how many questions and confusions I had, it seemed like something I would be content doing. I was motivated to face the challenges of education, and I wanted to act on that motivation."
Eddie Jurkovich | ACE 22
3rd Grade Teacher at St. John the Evangelist
BA in Information Technology Management, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Bourbonnais, IL
"I hope to dedicate myself wholeheartedly to a mission. Whether that mission is promoting childhood literacy, being a witness to the faith for my students, or even keeping my desk organized, I want to grow as a devoted teacher, community member, and Catholic throughout the next two years."
Margaret Prakel | ACE 22
3rd Grade Teacher at Santa Cruz
BA in Spanish with a minor in Education, Schooling, & Society, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Versailles, OH
"At the end of each one of my freshman classes I had a student, or two, who would shake my hand and tell me "Thank you, Mr. Tonche.""
Torey Tonche | ACE 21
Math Teacher at St. Augustine High School
BA in Mathematics, St. Mary's San Antonio
Originally from Richwood, TX
"I hope to grow closer to my truer-self and into a career educator. Living in an internal community and focusing on the needs of my students I hope to better understand who I am. I also hope to learn from my classmates and teacher how to be the best educator I can be."
Matt King | ACE 22
Religion Teacher at San Miguel High School
BA in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict, College of the Holy Cross
Originally from Waltham, MA
"As part of a chemistry lesson, my students used stoichiometry to calculate ingredient amounts for a cookie recipe - to later be tested out in the kitchen. It wasn't until one student erroneously calculated and measured out a half cup of vanilla extract (the entire bottle) that I realized I was teaching more than just stoichiometry. If that student remembers my chemistry class every time she bakes chocolate chip cookies, I will consider the lesson a success."
Carolyn Keefe | ACE 21
Chemistry and Physics Teacher at St. Augustine High School
BS in Chemistry and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Bear, DE
"My seventh grade homeroom had a history of behavior issues. For the first few months, they more than lived up to their reputation. I had the privilege of seeing them mature over the course of the year, to the point that they won the Principal's Award for Excellence as the best class of the third trimester."
Nick Blashill | ACE 21
5th Grade Teacher at Santa Cruz
BA in The Program of Liberal Studies and Economics, University of Notre Dame
Originally from Downers Grove, IL
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