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Where We Serve: Tucson

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 etablish a sense of community within the larger context of our Catholic schools.

Teachers Serving This Community

  • Carolyn Keefe

    Carolyn Keefe | ACE 21

    Teaches Chemistry and Physics at St. Augustine High School

    What is your favorite teaching moment from the past year?

    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.

    Background

    BS in Chemistry and Spanish, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Bear, DE
  • Matt King

    Matt King | ACE 22

    Teaches Religion at San Miguel High School

    How do you hope to grow through your experience over the next two years?

    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.

    Background

    BA in Religious Studies with a concentration in Peace and Conflict, College of the Holy Cross
    Originally from Waltham, MA
  • Margaret Prakel

    Margaret Prakel | ACE 22

    Teaches 3rd Grade at Santa Cruz

    How do you hope to grow through your experience over the next two years?

    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.

    Background

    BA in Spanish with a minor in Education, Schooling, & Society, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Versailles, OH
  • Torey Tonche

    Torey Tonche | ACE 21

    Teaches Math at St. Augustine High School

    What is your favorite teaching moment from the past year?

    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."

    Background

    BA in Mathematics, St. Mary's San Antonio
    Originally from Richwood, TX
  • Eddie Jurkovich

    Eddie Jurkovich | ACE 22

    Teaches 3rd Grade at St. John the Evangelist

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

    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.

    Background

    BA in Information Technology Management, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Bourbonnais, IL
  • Nick Blashill

    Nick Blashill | ACE 21

    Teaches 5th Grade at Santa Cruz

    What is your favorite teaching moment from the past year?

    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.

    Background

    BA in The Program of Liberal Studies and Economics, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Downers Grove, IL
  • Katie Mullins

    Katie Mullins | ACE 21

    Teaches 2nd Grade at Santa Cruz

    How has ACE prepared you for future endeavors?

    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.

    Background

    BA in Film, Television, and Theatre with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Hudson, OH
  • Katie Puszka

    Katie Puszka | ACE 21

    Teaches English at St. Miguel High School

    How has teaching in ACE or living in community made an impact on your spiritual journey?

    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.

    Background

    BA in English with a minor in Education, Schooling, and Society, University of Notre Dame
    Originally from Buffalo Grove, IL
  • Carolyn Keefe
  • Matt King
  • Margaret Prakel
  • Torey Tonche
  • Eddie Jurkovich
  • Nick Blashill
  • Katie Mullins
  • Katie Puszka

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