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Lorraine A. Ozar holds a B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Marygrove College, Detroit, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy, Phi Beta Kappa, from Fordham University, New York. She has spent nearly 40 years in education as a teacher, administrator, central office member, center director and national speaker. She has presented numerous workshops to teachers and administrators in more than 60 dioceses around the country focusing especially on curriculum development and implementation, assessment, instructional leadership, professional learning communities and standards within the context of faith-based schools. 

Dr. Ozar has addressed national audiences at the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the Chief Administrators of Catholic Education (CACE), the Jesuit Secondary Association (JSEA), the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the Nativity/Miguel Network, and the National Standards and Assessment conference among others. 

Recently, Dr. Ozar led a national initiative in the development of National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools, published in 2012. She is currently directing the development of rubrics and other evaluative tools based on the Standards and Benchmarks, for use by schools and dioceses.  She serves as president of Catholic Higher Education Supporting Catholic Schools (CHESCS), a national association of Catholic institutions of higher education offering programs and professional development in support of PK-12 Catholic educators. Additionally, Dr. Ozar is on the governing board for the Journal of Catholic Education.  

Dr. Ozar is the 2010 recipient of the F. Sadlier Dinger Award and the 2011 recipient of the NCEA C. Albert Koob Award, both given for outstanding contributions to Catholic education on the national level.  In October, 2012, she was honored with NCEA’s highest award, the Seton President’s Medal.

In addition to serving as the founding director the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, now named the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education, Dr. Ozar is a Clinical Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in Loyola’s School of Education.  She is the author of several articles and two books: Creating a Curriculum That Works: A Guide to Outcomes-Centered Curriculum Decision Making, and By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them... K-12 Religious Education Outcomes for Catholic Schools.

Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., Assistant Director

Michael J. Boyle is the Assistant Director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Boyle has worked in education in a variety of settings and roles. As a school psychologist at both the high school and elementary levels, he worked with students across a broad range of areas of exceptionality. He has also served as a special education administrator in several public school districts. Additionally, Dr. Boyle also served as principal in a large Catholic elementary school.

Presently, Dr. Boyle is the primary author of the “Sustaining Outstanding Schools” column, published in the NCEA Notes newsletter. He also served on the governing board of Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice. The National Catholic Education Association published Dr. Boyle’s book, Response to Intervention: A Framework for Catholic Schools, in April 2010. He has also contributed a chapter to the recently published book, "Scholarly Essays on Catholic School Leadership: Research and Insights on Attaining the Mission of Catholic Schools" (NCEA, 2012).

Dr. Boyle has provided professional development programs to a number of Catholic schools and across the country in the areas of differentiation, school-based problem solving teams, critical thinking skills, and issues in special education. Within the School of Education, Dr. Boyle teaches courses in multi-tiered systems of support, mission driven leadership and ethics. 

Michelle Lia, Ed.D., Professional Development Coordinator

Michelle Lia holds a BA from Saint Mary’s College in Elementary education, and an MS and an EdD in Literacy Education, both from Northern Illinois University.  She worked in public and Catholic schools for 17 years as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist. She was the winner of the U.S. Department of Education’s American Star of Teaching Award in 2005, as well as one of seven finalists for Illinois Teacher of the Year in 2008.

In her current position as Professional Development Coordinator for the Center, she has recruited students for the MEd in Instructional Leadership, MEd in Reading, and EdD Catholic Educator Cohorts. She also teaches literacy courses to students on Master’s programs in the School of Education.

Michelle also provides professional development to teachers in Chicago and across the country in the areas of Common Core and Backward Design as they relate to instruction, literacy, and curriculum. She also provides on-site coaching for teachers in the areas of curriculum and instruction.

 

Lee Hubbell, Director of LU Choice and JVC Magis 

Lee Hubbell holds a B.A. in Elementary/Special Education and a M.Ed. from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette. In addition he holds a Master’s degree in Divinity and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University Chicago.

Lee has worked in the field of education in a variety of settings and roles. Lee taught fourth and fifth grade at Little Flower School in San Antonio, TX as a Jesuit Volunteer Corp Member. In addition to teaching fourth grade he also served as the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Fatima School in Lafayette, LA. As the Director of Acadiana C.A.R.E.S, (Concern for AIDS Relief, Education & Support), Lee developed HIV/AIDS educational training programs. While working with the Target Group in Chicago, he developed career training programs for high school students. At DePaul University, Lee mentored and assisted in the development of first year teachers.

Lee currently serves as the Director of JVC (Jesuit Volunteer Corp) Magis, LU CHOICE (Loyola University Chicago Opportunities in Catholic Education) and the Director of Ministry for the First studies program at Loyola University Chicago. Lee is also a spiritual director, trained in the Ignatian tradition of spiritual direction.

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