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Life in the City

Aside from being the heart of government for the United States and home to some of the most amazing museums and monuments in the world, DC has a great, vibrant community of young people who are all committed to making a difference. You simply cannot beat that. We also have the best ACE Advocates group in the country! Not to mention the Cherry Blossom Festival, the Metro and go-go music.

ACE Washington D.C.

HometownGrace Babcock - ATF

Frankfort, IL

Undergraduate Institution

Ball State University

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: English Literature and History

Minor: Religious Studies

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

I wanted to learn the skills to create a classroom environment which amplified my students' voices and advocated for growth on the academic and socio-emotional level. I knew the mission of my Catholic school would align with my own and that my teacher preparation through ACE would prepare me to be the best first-year educator I could be!

HometownMarc Barnes - ATF

New Orleans, LA    

Undergraduate Institution

University of Notre Dame  

Undergraduate Studies

Majors: Sociology and Gender Studies

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

I said yes to ACE because of a calling to address educational inequality. Being in the classroom is a great way to begin that work.

HometownAnaga De Zoysa - ATF

Middletown, OH

Undergraduate Institution

Georgetown University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Foreign Service

What are you looking forward to the most in ACE this year?

Meeting my students! I look forward to seeing how they reflect the light of Christ and seeing their unique gifts and passions that they bring to my school’s community.


HometownWendy Kristell - ATF

Aurora, OH

Undergraduate Institution

Ohio State University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Political Science

Minor: Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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

Enriching. Throughout ACE summer, my life has been enriched academically, socially, and spiritually, and I look forward to continuing to grow in my new school community.

HometownJohn Redmond - ATF

Wexford, Ireland

Undergraduate Institution

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University

Undergraduate Studies

Major: Education

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

I said "yes" to ACE to share my passion and teaching of learning with the children I will be working with.

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