July 2019 News

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2019 Pressley Awards for Excellence in Catholic Education

Each year ACE honors two Teaching Fellows graduates who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions to the ministry of Catholic education. Maura Shea   
(ACE 18, Plaquemine) and Elias Moo (ACE 14, Denver) were recognized with the Michael Pressley Award for Excellence in Catholic Education at this year's commencement ceremony. 

Dr. Max Engel: 2019 Michael Pressley Award Winner

ACE teachers wholeheartedly commit themselves to teaching, coaching school sports, and above all, sharing Christ’s love with their students. Dr. Max Engel has taken those attributes above and beyond to the college classroom – earning him recognition as the 2019 recipient of the Michael Pressley Award for a Promising Scholar in the Education Field. Read more.
"Why Blended Learning?" ACE Teaching Fellows Respond from the Heart
The Higher-Powered Learning team began this summer's blended learning elective class with the ACE Teaching Fellows by asking them a simple question: "Why?" When you truly understand why you are doing something, your actions, or your “what”, become more impactful. The students’ “what” was blended learning, but their “whys” were deeply rooted in faith and community. Read more and watch the video.
"Live Nun Talking!":
Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., Visits Notre Dame

Earlier this month, the Alliance for Catholic Education welcomed Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., author of Dead Man Walking, to campus to speak to our ACE community. Sr. Helen spent the day with the teachers and leaders before addressing the group at a dinner. Take a look back at her day on campus and watch her remarks.

AICSN Hosts Nigerian Sisters from St. Paul's Mission Grade School
Less than a year ago, five Catholic sisters from Nigeria arrived to teach at St. Paul’s Mission Grade School in Hays, Montana. This summer, the sisters came to Notre Dame for a week of professional development and retreat hosted by the American Indian Catholic Schools Network (AICSN).  
Read the story.

Katie Heaps: Helping Families Pay for Adoptions
Katie (Connell) Heaps (ACE 13, Dallas) has always loved working with children—she has been a teacher in the U.S. and Chile and a community health volunteer in Uganda. And she saw similar problems in each of those seemingly disparate locations: children in need of stable homes and support. Heaps was recently profiled by the Notre Dame Alumni Association's We Are ND series for her work at a nonprofit called Gift of Adoption. Read her story.

ACE T-Shirt Reveal 2019

ACE Trivia Question
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Which ACE Teaching Fellows graduate delivered the commencement address at this year's ACE graduation? 
Graduation 2019 Video
We asked ACE 24 and Remick 16 graduates if they could describe their ACE experience in one word. Here are their responses:
Cup of Joe: Missioning 2019
Fr. Joe Carey, CSC, and Bridgette McDermott reflect on the 2019 ACE Summer as we missioned a new group of educators to serve in Catholic school communities across the country.
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Trivia Question Answer
Steve Camilleri (ACE 1, Hammond) addressed the graduates at this year's ACE Commencement. Watch his message:

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