- Assistant Director
- Professional Development Coordinator
- Project Director, Funding Solutions
- LU Choice and JVC Magis Program Director
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 35 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 50 dioceses around the country in the areas of learning outcomes, curriculum development and supervision, instructional leadership, professional learning communities, effective teaching skills, thinking skills, brain-compatible education, assessment and accountability, gender equity and others.
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) and the National Standards and Assessment conference among others.
In August, 2003, Dr. Ozar moved from her position as associate principal for faculty and curriculum development at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, to a faculty appointment in the School of Education, Loyola University Chicago. In addition to teaching, Dr. Ozar is the founding director of the Loyola University Center for Catholic School Effectiveness (CCSE), the first such entity in the country.
Dr. Ozar 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.
Dr. Ozar received the 2010 F. Sadlier Dinger award for distinguished leadership and outstanding contributions to Catholic education. She is the 2011 recipient of the NCEA C. Albert Koob award recognizing the impact of individuals on Catholic education at the national level.
Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., Assistant Director
Michael J. Boyle is the assistant director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Boyle has been involved 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 been a special education administrator in several public school districts. Prior to his appointment at The Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, Dr. Boyle served as principal of a large Catholic elementary school in suburban Chicago.
Dr. Boyle has provided staff development programs to a number of educational agencies across the country in the areas of differentiation, school-based problem solving teams, critical thinking skills, and issues in special education.
Dr. Boyle is one of the primary authors of “Sustaining Outstanding Schools”, a regular feature in the NCEA Notes. He is also the author of “Response to Intervention: A Framework for Catholic Schools”, published by the National Catholic Education Association. He is the author of Response to Intervention: A Blueprint for Catholic Schools published by NCEA in April 2010.
Michelle Lia, Ed.D., Professional Development Coordinator
Michelle Lia started with the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness in Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education in July 2009. She holds a BA from Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame in elementary education, and an MS and an EdD in Literacy Education, both from Northern Illinois University. She worked in schools for 17 years in a variety of roles, starting her career at her alma mater, Saint Joan of Arc School, as a classroom teacher. Prior to her most recent position as a reading specialist in Carol Stream, IL, she worked as a classroom teacher there as well. In her role as a reading specialist, Michelle provided staff development in vocabulary instruction, balanced reading instruction, differentiated instruction, running records, fluency, Strategies That Work, and The Four Blocks. 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 Master’s in Reading students in the School of Education.
Michelle has done professional development in the areas of instruction, literacy, curriculum, and Response to Intervention for schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago. In December 2009, she began a two-year commitment with the Diocese of Fort Worth, TX working on curriculum development and implementation. She is currently the project manager of the OCS Curriculum Revision Project, which is revising the science and social studies curricula and writing inquiry-based units for these curricula.
Patrick J. McCloskey, M.S., Project Director, Funding Solutions for Catholic Schools
Patrick J. McCloskey holds an M.S. degree in journalism with highest distinction from Columbia University, NY. He has written for many prestigious publications, including the New York Times, City Journal, Business Week, New York Daily News, Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice, STATS.org, National Post and Teacher Magazine. In 2009, the University of California Press published McCloskey’s non-fiction narrative book, The Street Stops Here: A Year at a Catholic High School in Harlem, to enormous critical acclaim. The book tour included speaking engagements across the U.S., Canada and Australia about how best to educate disadvantaged students and other important contributions Catholic (and other faith-based) schools make to education and the school choice movement. McCloskey was interviewed on radio, TV and Internet broadcasts, and wrote newspaper and magazine articles about the current financial emergency in non-public education. As, well, McCloskey has an extensive background in communications and public relations, having served as a bilingual (English and French) press secretary and communications director for a federal cabinet minister in Canada. In January 2011, McCloskey joined the faculty of Loyola University Chicago’s School of Education to direct a new initiative, Funding Solutions for Catholic Schools, within the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness
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. He has worked in 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 Core 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, Lee developed HIV/AIDS educational training programs. While working with the Target Group in Chicago, he developed career training programs for high school students. While working at DePaul University, Lee mentored and assisted in the development of first year teachers.
In addition to directing the JVC Magis and LU CHOICE programs, Lee is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in divinity as well as a master’s of art in pastoral counseling at Loyola University Chicago.