Hoy 13 de octubre el área académica de inglés dio la bienvenida a los cuatro nuevos profesores de la Alianza por la Educación Católica (ACE), que se incorporan por el periodo 2020-2021 al Saint George’s College.

Ellos estarán todo 2021 enseñando inglés en los siguientes niveles: Ella Baxter en primer y segundo grado; Amy Brabec en tercer y cuarto grado; John Donovan hará clases a estudiantes de séptimo a décimo grado y Adriana Marrero será profesora de quinto, sexto y décimo grado.

A continuación, se los presentamos brevemente:

Ella Baxter

Ella graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in 2018 with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and a minor in microbiology. She then joined ACE and earned her master of education in secondary education. During this time, she taught middle school math and science at St. John Vianney Catholic School in Phoenix, AZ.

Ella is excited to have the opportunity to improve her Spanish language skills while at St. George’s, so as to be able to use those skills as she continues her career in education. She is passionate about teaching and loves being able to help students grow in both mind and heart. She has led multiple student retreats during her time at St. John Vianney and has also helped to organize events such as Las Posadas, Stations of the Cross, and all-school rosaries. Ella loves cooking and baking and has been able to use those skills to help her school community through bake sales, preparing food for the fundraising gala, and baking desserts for the 8th grade graduation dinner.

Ella currently has basic competency in the Spanish language.

Amy Brabec

Amy graduated from Saint Louis University-Madrid Campus in 2015 with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and minors in international relations and history. After graduating, she spent a year in São Carlos, Brazil teaching university English courses through the Fulbright Program.

Amy also worked as a paraprofessional for students with special needs before joining Creighton University’s Magis Catholic Teacher Corps.

In Magis, Amy taught Spanish 1 and 4 at Marian High School in Omaha, NE while earning her masters in Secondary Education.

Amy remained at Marian for a third year after finishing Magis. She enjoys moderating Spanish Club and chaperoning service activities at retreats at Marian. Amy has a passion for both learning and teaching languages. She is especially excited to return to serve the people of Chile eleven years after a two-month high school exchange program at Colegio Nuestra Señora del Camino.

Amy is proficient in Spanish and ready to learn more chilenismos!

John Donovan

John is from Ada, Michigan, just outside of Grands Rapids, where he lived almost his entire life. He attended Michigan State University where he was involved in campus ministry, an acapella group and an improv group. He graduated in 2018 with a bachelor of arts in English. He almost finished up a theatre minor as well, being only a few credits shy of the minor requirements.

Since then he’s been in the ACE program teaching ninth and tenth grade English in Pensacola, Florida. As well as teaching English, John was the artistic director for several productions, directing three shows during his two year stay. Besides that, John loves to get involved in the community by cantoring at Mass at the local cathedral and volunteering with the youth ministry program.

John sees teaching as a combination of exploration and introducing, with teachers needing to always be looking for something new and exciting to learn for themselves, so they can bring it back and introduce it to their students.

John has basic competency in Spanish (basic in speaking and listening; slightly better in reading and writing).

Adriana Marrero

Adriana earned her bachelor of arts in History, a minor in Spanish, and a secondary education teaching credential from Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) in 2018. She then taught high school Social Studies (Global Studies and World History) for two years in San Jose, CA as a member of the 25th cohort of ACE Teaching Fellows (University of Notre Dame).

Adriana loves teaching because of the servant and relational aspects of being an educator. She believes in a cura personalis approach to teaching-educating the mind, body, and spirit – so she enjoys getting to know her students inside and outside of the classroom. During her time in ACE at Notre Dame San Jose High School, Adriana was an active teacher in the lives of her students, serving as a 10th grade mentor, retreat staff, Red Cross Club moderator, and a coach for the ultimate frisbee team. She loves to cook, play sports, sing, and explore the outdoors. Adriana has always loved to learn about other cultures (inspiring her first host family experience in Finland in 2012, and college semester abroad in Italy in 2016) and it has inspired her interest in international education and serving English language learners.

Adriana’s family is from Puerto Rico but never learned formal Spanish until college. For this reason, her competency in Spanish is conversational/intermediate (stronger with reading and listening comprehension). She is passionate about growing more confident in her Spanish so she can become an effective educator in a dual-language context and to grow in this aspect of her identity.

¿Qué es ChACE?

El programa ACE in Chile (ChACE) es una experiencia docente de posgrado enriquecedora y polifacética para recién graduados de ACE y otros programas de UCCE (Consorcio Universitario para la Educación Católica). El programa inmersivo de 18 meses ofrece a los «ChACErs» la oportunidad de enseñar y vivir internacionalmente, al tiempo que mejora sus capacidades como líderes y educadores. Los maestros de ChACE pasan un año académico completo enseñando inglés como lengua extranjera en el Saint George’s College en la capital chilena. Antes de su llegada a Santiago, estos maestros participan en un programa intensivo de 6 semanas de español en Quito, Ecuador.

ChACE ofrece una oportunidad sin igual para que los educadores talentosos y apasionados involucren un nuevo contexto cultural, linguístico y educativo.

Conozca más en https://ace.nd.edu/chace