Three schools in the Diocese of San José are welcoming new teachers from the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE), a nationally respected initiative that sends talented, faith-filled educators to serve in Catholic schools around the country.
At the invitation of the Most Rev. Patrick J. McGrath, four participants in the graduate-degree program called ACE Teaching Fellows have established an intentional Christian community as their home in the diocese. They will serve daily in the classrooms of Saint Elizabeth Seton School, East Palo Alto; Saint Lawrence Academy, Santa Clara; and Saint John the Baptist Catholic School, Milpitas.
“I am pleased that our Diocesan Department of Education and the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education have entered into a partnership, rooted in the three pillars of ACE–teacher formation, community, and spiritual growth,” Bishop McGrath said. “The goal of our collaboration is to provide an outstanding Catholic education for as many children and young people as possible.”
“We’re deeply honored to be invited into this partnership with the San José Diocese–and we couldn’t be more excited to begin supporting the great work under way to strengthen and revitalize Catholic schools.,” said John Schoenig, ACE’s director of teacher formation and education policy.
“Our heartfelt thanks to Bishop McGrath and all of the school leaders who support our ACE teachers,” he said. “In so many ways, they provide an outstanding witness to hope, as they are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure that an outstanding Catholic education is accessible to children from all backgrounds.”
ACE Teaching Fellows was founded in 1993 with the mission to sustain, strengthen, and transform Catholic schools. During 2015-2016, the teachers in the formation program will serve in the San Jose Diocese and 29 other archdioceses and dioceses.
For more information regarding Catholic School in the Diocese of San Jose visit www.dsj.org/education.