New assistant secretary of education to address ACE graduates

by Dennis Brown

Susan B. Neuman, the newly confirmed assistant secretary of education for elementary and secondary education, will be the principal speaker Saturday (July 14) at a graduation ceremony for volunteer teachers in the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the Jordan Auditorium of the Mendoza College of Business.p. Neuman, who was confirmed Thursday (July 12) by the U.S. Senate, will address 69 ACE graduates who are receiving master’s in education degrees after completing two years of service in understaffed Catholic schools in the southern tier of the United States.p. After the graduation ceremony, Mass will be celebrated at 5:15 p.m. in the Keenan-Stanford chapel. Notre Dame’s president, Rev. Edward A. Malloy, C.S.C., will preside and Rev. Timothy Scully, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s executive vice president and the founder of ACE, will give the homily.p. An expert in early childhood and literacy education, Neuman has most recently served as a professor of education and director of the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement at the University of Michigan. She earned her doctorate from the University of the Pacific and previously has taught and conducted research at Temple University, Boston College, the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, and Yale University.p. After an initial summer’s training in South Bend area schools, ACE volunteers serve a year as full-time teachers. Following a second summer of training, during which they again work in South Bend schools, they serve a second year as full-time teachers. On completing the program, they have fulfilled the requirements for their master’s degrees.p. ACE was founded in 1994 to provide committed Catholic teachers for understaffed parochial schools and to provide recent college graduates with intensive teacher training and opportunities for Christian community and personal growth.

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