Meet John Reyes, Ed.D.
“Rather than retreat from society or draw sharp distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ I can’t think of any time we are closer to the fullness of who we are called to be as Church than when we build bridges of understanding, minister to the marginalized, and lead transformationally.” —John Reyes, Ed.D.
On July 1, John Reyes, Ed.D., joined the Roche Center for Catholic Education as Director of Research, Program Evaluation, and Innovation. In this new role, John manages the design, coordination and execution of the Center’s research portfolios in Catholic education; conducts program evaluation on all Center offerings; and supports Catholic schools nationally as they look to innovate, primarily through the integration of design thinking to improve student learning outcomes.
“We have a tremendous opportunity to move not only the knowledge base around Catholic education, but K-12 education as a whole in the coming years,” shared John when reflecting on what excites him about his new position. “The trends we are seeing in terms of legislation and even media coverage around both Catholic schools and K-12 education shows that it matters what we do and that we do it well.”
John comes to the Roche Center from the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), where he served as Executive Director of Operational Vitality. He also has served as a part-time faculty member for the Catholic School Leadership Academy at Loyola Marymount University. Prior to his time with NCEA, John served as the assistant superintendent for Academic Excellence and Budget Supervision for the 32 Catholic schools in South Carolina. In this role, John led initiatives focused on research-based practices in curriculum/instruction/assessment, professional learning communities, operational vitality, and leadership formation. John was the director of Educational Technology for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and developed the innovative curriculum for Loyola Marymount’s Technology Integration Specialist Certificate Program, focusing on transformational leadership, school culture, comprehensive school wide technology integration, and professional learning.
“I feel like the consistent through line between the Roche Center, Catholic education, and the past and present of the Church is its deep intellectual tradition,” John said. “Rather than retreat from society or draw sharp distinctions between ‘us’ and ‘them,’ I can’t think of any time we are closer to the fullness of who we are called to be as Church than when we build bridges of understanding, minister to the marginalized, and lead transformationally. These enduring characteristics are deeply embedded into the vision and culture of the Roche Center and its work.”
John received his doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, a master’s degree in Secondary Education from Loyola Marymount University, and a bachelor’s degree from California State Polytechnic University - Pomona.
John is married to Bev, who serves as an assistant principal and also has been a lifelong Catholic educator. In his free time, he enjoys spending purposeful time with others, whether over a drink, on a hike, or through a round of golf.