Lead Faculty & Leadership Coaches
Andrew Miller, Ph.D.
Andrew Miller's, Ph.D., research and teaching focus on the ways Catholic schools and Catholic school leaders, inspired by Catholic social teaching, provide a transformative and socially just education for the students who attend America's Catholic schools. From his early career teaching at St. George Catholic School in Fort Worth, TX to his time working as Director of Academics at the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office, Miller has been committed to enhancing the quality of teaching, learning, and leadership in Catholic schools.
As a faculty member in the Educational Leadership and Higher Education department, Miller teaches graduate electives in the M.Ed. program focused on ethics and equity frameworks and transforming the field of Catholic education. In addition, he teaches courses in the Ed.D. program with other core PSAP faculty members. ...
Miller is currently studying models and methods of Catholic school leadership formation and preparation programs. His current projects include the development of a new framework for making sense of research, policy, and practice related to Catholic educational leadership and the investigation of ways teachers and leaders working in Catholic schools are prepared to meet the needs of students with disabilities.
Martin Scanlan, Ph.D.
Martin Scanlan, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Before joining the academy, Scanlan spent over ten years as a teacher and administrator. He primarily worked in urban settings, in schools serving traditionally marginalized students in Washington, D.C., Berkeley, CA, and Madison, WI. This laid a foundation for his teaching and scholarship interests, which focus on how schools can be organized to more effectively welcome all. Scanlan’s research primarily focuses on the organizational routines and practices of adults in schools, including the policies and procedures that shape these. While attending to multiple dimensions of diversity, his work has looked most carefully at how schools across sectors - including Catholic schools and public schools – can better serve students who have diverse cultural and linguistic heritages, as well as students with special needs. Scanlan has an extensive record of scholarship in academic journals reporting this work.
Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D.
Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D. - Executive Director
Melodie Wyttenbach, Ph.D., serves as the Executive Director for the Roche Center for Catholic Education and is a faculty
member for the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Melodie’s professional leadership experiences in the Catholic sector include serving as an Assistant Professor and Academic Director of the Mary Ann Remick Leadership Program for the Alliance for Catholic Education at the University of Notre Dame, as President of Nativity Jesuit Academy, and Director of Mission Effectiveness for the NativityMiguel Network of Schools, in Washington, DC.
Melodie presents nationally on topics such as Catholic School Governance and Effective Board Management, Strategic Planning, Development and Enrollment Management Strategies, and Making Schools Culturally Competent for New and Existing Latino Families. She recently published a text with Dr. Mickey Fenzel of Loyola University Maryland, titled Responding to the Call for Educational Justice: Transformative Catholic-Led Initiatives in Urban Education. Melodie serves as the Chair for the Catholic Special Interest Group with the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and is a member of the Leadership Development Advisory Council for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). Melodie received her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her Masters degrees in Educational Administration from Marquette University and Education from Mount Mary College. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Saint Louis University in Environmental Science.
Cristiano Casalini, Ph.D.
Cristiano Casalini, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Endowed Chair in Jesuit Pedagogy and Educational History, and a Research Scholar with the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies at Boston College. He teaches History of Jesuit Pedagogy, Social Justice in Jesuit Contexts, and Philosophy of Education.
Casalini’s field of research is mainly early modern education and especially Jesuit education. He has worked on critical texts and commentaries of 16th and 17th century classics of education, especially in and around the Jesuit order. He also provided, with Claude Pavur, the first volume of a series devoted to the history of Jesuit pedagogy, entitled Jesuit Pedagogy. ... A Reader (1540–1616) (Boston: Institute of Jesuit Sources, 2016). He also wrote a book on the Cursus Conimbricensis and the education at the Jesuit college of Coimbra (Rome: Anicia, 2012; and, in Portuguese, Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2015; in English, New York: Routledge, 2017), which was awarded with the Prémio Joaquím de Carvalho, 2016. Casalini serves as editor-in-chief of a series published by Brill on History of Early Modern Educational Thought.
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D.
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D., was born in Colombia, where he pursued undergraduate studies in Philosophy. He taught philosophy and religion at various academic levels and worked for the National Confederation of Catholic Education of Colombia. He holds an M.A. in theology with concentration in Church History and a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College.
Dr. Ospino’s research concentrates on the dialogue between theology and culture and the impact of this interchange upon Catholic theological education, catechesis, and ministry. He has lectured nationally and internationally on these areas. He and his wife, Guadalupe, are actively involved in Hispanic Ministry in Boston.
Amy Ryan, Ph.D.
Amy Ryan, Ph.D., is a highly regarded educator and has served as principal of Cristo Rey Boston, Deputy Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Boston’s Catholic Schools Office, and currently is the Assistant Dean in the Office of Field Placement & Partnership Outreach at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development. Dr. Ryan earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at Boston College after completing her undergraduate degree at Mount Holyoke College, and Master’s degree in education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Molly McMahon, Ph.D.
Molly McMahon, Ph.D., is in her eighth year as the Principal of South Row Elementary School, in the Chelmsford Public Schools. Previous to being in Chelmsford, Dr. McMahon served as the Assistant Principal of the Fitzgerald Elementary School, in Waltham. Before that, she was a Clinical Supervisor of student teachers at Boston College, while completing her Ph.D. and Administrative Internship in the Boston Public Schools. Dr. McMahon taught both third grade and then seventh and eighth grade ELA in Chicago. Originally from Long Island, Dr. McMahon is enjoying working and living in New England. Dr. McMahon’s educational passions include parent engagement, social-emotional learning and positive school culture. Dr. McMahon chairs, co-chairs or participates in a variety of school based and home-school based committees at South Row including Team Leader, Tier 1, Tier 2, PTO, School Council, International Festival and the School Outdoor Learning space. Dr. McMahon serves on the district Wellness Committee, Evaluation Committee and District Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr. McMahon has truly found a home in the South Row community and enjoys being part of all things South Row. Outside of school, she lives with her husband and two young boys, here in Chelmsford. Dr. McMahon enjoys running, working out, reading and ice cream. Dr. McMahon completed her Ph.D. in Educational Administration at Boston College, her M.S. in Education at Northwestern University, and holds a B.S. in Psychology, Minors in Education & Irish Studies, Villanova University.
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