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Life in the City

Tucson is an awesome city. As the provider of beautiful sunsets, mountain views, and gorgeous scenery, the Old Pueblo has lots to offer. 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.

ACE Tucson

Maria Aguilera

Hometown

Houston, TX

Undergraduate Institution

Vanderbilt University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Secondary Education and Mathematics

Minor: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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

JOY; Child-like joy has been present in the Tucson house this past year. I am reminded that Christ's love blossoms in community and can flow from there into our other communities.

Bridget Hodges

Hometown

Gilbert, AZ

Undergraduate Institution

Texas Christian University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Secondary Education - Social Studies and Mathematics

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

I said “yes” to ACE because I love their 3 Pillars of Teaching, Community, Spirituality and how they are incorporated into everything we do when serving students in Catholic school. I am excited to serve God and others in this profession through ACE!

Clay Jaskowski

Hometown

Roscommon, MI

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Business Economics

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

Challenging. Throughout the first year ACE challenged me to grow in all areas of my life. I have grown spiritually, in maturity, and especially as an educator.

Michael McHugh

Hometown

Fairfax, VA

Undergraduate Institution

Northwestern University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Mathematics and Classics

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

I wanted to serve the Church in some way, and I had wanted to work as a teacher for several years. I loved ACE’s commitment to community and to service when I looked into the program, and I decided that it would be the best place for me to grow as a Catholic school teacher.

Annie Morejón

Hometown

Ormond Beach, FL

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Psychology

Minor: Education, Schooling, and Society

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

Unique. I haven't experienced anything else quite like it.

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