27 February, 14

Academy of Our Lady Partners with ACE

Academy of Our Lady High School is a partner with Notre Dame's Alliance of Catholic Education (ACE) program. This program is the nation's largest program forming talent specifically for Catholic elementary and secondary schools. It combines an intensive schedule of academic classes, held at Notre Dame, with two years of applied learning teaching in classrooms in Catholic schools. Excellent academics preparation combined with community-building and spiritual growth form the foundation that supports approximately 180 teachers in more than 100 elementary and secondary Catholic schools in over 30 cities each year. Those selected through the highly competitive application process can earn a cost-free Master of Education degree, preparation for teaching licensure, and a stipend toward living expenses. ACE teachers, who live in ACE community houses in their apprenticeship areas, represent a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences, and undergraduate academic disciplines.

To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, an ACE bus tours the nation visiting ACE schools.  During its stop in the Archdiocese of New Orleans, ACE handed out awards to distinguished recipients such as Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Eric Lewis, the head of the Louisiana Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO).

Academy students and ACE teacher at the ACE bus.
Left to right: Destiny Leo of Gretna, ACE teacher Cristina Couri, ACE Director of Spiritual Life Father Lou DelFra, Logan Heitmeier of Marrero, Katie LeBoeuf of Marrero, Chloe Washington of Waggaman, Jasmine Buckley of Westwego, Brooke Billison of Waggaman and Taliah Jones of Gretna.



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