Michael J. Boyle, Ph.D., Director
Michael J. Boyle is the Director of the Andrew M. Greeley Center for Catholic Education 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 Catholic elementary school.
Dr. Boyle serves on the governing board of the Journal of Catholic Education. 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 book, "Scholarly Essays on Catholic School Leadership: Research and Insights on Attaining the Mission of Catholic Schools" (NCEA, 2012). Dr. Boyle is also a member of the governing board of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability as well a member of the Professional Development advisory board of the National Catholic Education Association.
In 2014, Dr. Boyle was named the recipient of the C. Albert Koob Merit Award by the National Catholic Education Association for significant contributions to Catholic education.
Dr. Boyle has provided staff development programs to a number of educational agencies across the country in the areas of mission driven leadership, response to intervention in Catholic schools and inclusion.
Patricia Huizar, IL-PART Program Coordinator
Patricia Huizar holds a BA in Spanish, a BS in Biology and a MEd from Loyola University Chicago as well as a MA in School Administration from Dominican University. Ms. Huizar worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 12 years, from which 6 years were served as a teacher, 2 as a Campus Administrator and 4 as a principal of St. Frances of Rome School in Cicero.
As the Illinois Partnership to Advance Rigorous Training (IL-PART) Coordinator, Ms. Huizar works with partner universities, Diocesan Offices of Education and CCSE staff to assist in creating systems to address the expanding needs of Catholic Schools. Ms. Huizar develops systems and procedures for collecting and sharing data necessary for project evaluation and continues improvement process. She helps facilitate all internship placement arrangements among the Diocesan Offices of Education, cooperating Principals, university faculty and principal candidates. She assists with the identification and placement of Principal interns in appropriate schools, organizes and develops communication plan to facilitate information flow among project partners and external audiences. Ms. Huizar also coordinates with Partnerships Transforming Principal Preparation Co-Directors on implementation of the project and assists in developing professional development modules/program materials for use with in the Department of Education grant.
Michelle Lia, Ed.D., Assistant Director for Professional Development
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. A product of Catholic education from age 4 to 22, she worked in Catholic and public schools for 17 years as a classroom teacher and a reading specialist.
In her current position as Assistant Director for Professional Development, she provides coaching and professional development to teachers in Chicago and across the country in the areas of instruction, literacy, and backward design. As assistant director, she will also coach the coaches and professional development providers for the Greeley Center. Dr. Lia also teaches literacy and curriculum design courses to students in undergraduate and Master’s programs in the School of Education. Michelle has worked with the Catholic Identity Curriculum Initiative (CICI) and has presented for National Catholic Educational Association at various conferences regarding literacy and curriculum.
Sandria Morten, Ed.D., Assistant Director for Inclusive Practices
Sandria Morten holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in School Administration from the University of Notre Dame as well as a MEd and EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Morten worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 12 years as a teacher, the principal of St. Matthias School, and most recently directing the development of an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme at St. Matthias, the first in any Catholic grade school in Illinois. Dr. Morten’s doctoral research focused on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Catholic school settings.
In her current position as Assistant Director for Inclusive Practices, Dr. Morten works in partnership with Catholic schools to develop systems and structures to support all learners. Dr. Morten coordinates the All Are Welcome project in collaboration with Aspire to provide education, professional development, and direct service to support students with disabilities and create inclusive educational environments within Catholic schools. Dr. Morten also teaches graduate courses for Loyola’s Catholic Principal Preparation Program and within the Teacher Preparation Program.
Jorge Peña, Research Coordinator
As a Clinical Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Loyola University Chicago, he teaches graduate students how to use evidence for continuous improvement. Before coming to Loyola University Chicago, he was the Director of School Improvement and Catholic School Accreditation for the Archdiocese of Chicago where he was responsible for supporting the largest private school system in the United States in teaching schools how to analyze student performance results, coaching schools using the Data Wise Improvement Process, and showing schools how to create and evaluate continuous school improvement efforts. Jorge holds a B.A. from The University of Vermont, a M.S. Ed. from Chicago State University, an Ed.D. from DePaul University, and is a Certified Data Wise Coach and holds the Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership both from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Sharon O. Smith, Program Coordinator
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Debbie Sullivan, Assistant Director for Catholic School Leadership
Debra Sullivan holds a BA in History in Education from Whittier College, a MA in Educational Administration from Rosary College (now Dominican University) as well as an EdD in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Sullivan worked for the Archdiocese of Chicago for 25 years. She began her career as a junior high history teacher at St. Philomena School near Humboldt Park. Upon receiving her MA in Educational Administration, Dr. Sullivan moved into the role of principal, first at Our Lady of Mercy School in the Albany Park neighborhood and then at Northside Catholic Academy, a consolidated Catholic school sponsored by 6 parishes in the Edgewater, Andersonville and Rogers Park neighborhoods. Just prior to earning her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Sullivan was recruited to move to the Office of Catholic Schools to serve as a Regional Director for the Archdiocese’s newly developed Turnaround Program. Dr. Sullivan’s doctoral research focused on the implementation of Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in Catholic school settings.
As the Assistant Director for Catholic School Leadership, Dr. Sullivan teaches graduate courses for Loyola’s Catholic Principal Preparation Program. In addition to teaching, Dr. Sullivan will help guide the Catholic School principal candidates through the coursework and internship process in order to successfully complete the necessary requirements for Illinois Licensure. Dr. Sullivan will continue to develop relationships with the dioceses of Springfield, Peoria, and Rockford which were forged through the Department of Education, IL-PART Grant. Dr. Sullivan is passionate about Catholic school leadership plans as well as building the leadership capacity of those already ministering in Catholic Schools.
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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.