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Curriculum Vitae - Catherine Muzzy


LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY - Ed.D. in Educational Leadership for Social Justice

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE - M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE - CLAD/Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (Document: 123194879, ex. 9/1/2018)




St. Edward the Confessor Parish School           July 2014 - present

Dana Point, California




·       Coordinated the first annual 5th – 8th Grade Reads Program with author visits and read-along events

·        Implemented a school Literacy Task-Force including four volunteer-run literacy initiatives

·        Implemented a new format for Grandparents' and Special Friends' Day that showcased student talent and leadership

·        Implemented the first Annual Report/Annual Fund with an inaugural launch during Catholic Schools’ Week 2015

·        Created new instructional schedule for grades K-8 focused on expert instruction in a departmentalized format (platooned departmentalization with a water fall schedule)   

       Junior High Academic Decathlon Coach – Diocese Champions 2015, 2016, and 2017; State Champions 2015 & 2016;

·        Coordinated a travel group of school families who are planning to attend the 40th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome, Italy in December 2016



Loyola Marymount University                         January 2015 – May 2015

Los Angeles, California

Part-time Faculty, School of Education

EDLA 6424 Organizational Management: Human Resources, Finance, Marketing and Development



Serra Catholic School                                     September 1998 – June 2014

Rancho Santa Margarita, California

Principal, Grades 5-8                                        July 2010 – June 2014

Assistant Principal, Grades 5-8                         August 2006 – June 2010

Teacher and Curriculum Co-Coordinator            September 1998 – June 2006


  • Implemented the outdoor education programs for grade 8 including leadership camp and an optional class trip to Washington, D.C. and New York, NY
  • Coordinated a school travel group that attended the 36th International Congress of Pueri Cantores in Rome, Italy in December 2010
  • Curriculum Committee Chair
  • Middle School Reads Program Coordinator
  • Implemented the Advanced Plus Math Program in 2008, Advanced Plus Reading in 2011, Social Justice and Campus Ministry Program in 2012
  • Comprehensive learning assessment, analysis, reporting training for instructional team
  • WASC-WCEA Leadership Team Co-Chair in 2007-2008 & 2013-2014
  • Chair for WCEA-WASC Visiting Teams in the Archdiocese of Seattle and Los Angeles
  • Secured N.C.L.B. Title IIA Funding through Saddleback Valley Unified School District
  • Established digital record management protocol and procedures for Middle School Team
  • Junior High Academic Decathlon Coach and Co-Coordinator – Diocese Champions 2002, 2003, 2005, 2011, 2012, and 2014; State Champions  2003, 2011, 2012, and 2014.
  • Task Force Co-Chair – Teacher Supervision & Assessment Protocol Pilot 2012-2013
  • NCLB Blue Ribbon School Application Writer – Awarded in 2008



Implementing Calendar Reform in a Suburban Catholic Elementary School: A Case Study (2014) Catherine Muzzy; Dissertation Chair: Dr. Marta Baltodano, Dissertation Committee: Dr. Mary McCullough, and Dr. Karen Huchting

Research shows that when schools adopt time-based reform initiatives, there are certain considerations that they should make and methods they should follow to ensure the change produces the outcomes intended.

This qualitative case study focused on the adoption of a calendar extension at one Catholic elementary school. The researcher gathered data from the pastor, principal, teachers, parents, and students to determine how these stakeholders envisioned the outcomes of this change, how they perceived the time was being used for curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular purposes, and the challenges and opportunities that they felt existed after three years of implementation. Data collected included classroom observations, stakeholder interviews, focus group meetings, and document analysis. An inductive analysis of the data collected was used to determine emergent themes and domains within the school. The seven themes that emerged include: decision making, planning and implementation, advantages, financial motivations, the culture of teaching, leadership, challenges and complications of the extended calendar.

Recommendations include the need for school leaders to familiarize themselves with change management techniques including setting a shared vision, establishing a collaborative implementation plan, and developing a system of assessment prior to embarking on school reform.


“Managing the Time, Cultivating the Talent, and Building the Treasure…A Day in the Life
of A Catholic School Administrator”
Presentation to the Loyola Marymount University Catholic Leadership Cohort (2014), Mater Dei High School


"Engaging a Super-Charged Process of Inquiry: Promoting Equal Access to Educational Opportunity in Catholic Schools" Manuscript (2013) Franca Dell'Olio, Karen Huchting, Ursula Aldana, & Catherine Muzzy


Implementing Calendar Reform in a Suburban Catholic Elementary School: A Case Study” Dissertation Proposal Defended, Chapters 1-3 (2013) Catherine Muzzy; Chair: Dr. Marta Baltodano, Committee: Dr. Mary McCullough, and Dr. Karen Huchting

“Assessment Results - Marketing School StrengthsRiverside Publishing Leadership Summit (2010) Sally Todd & Catherine Muzzy

Maximizing Student Success: Starting the Conversation about Diversified Education” Archdiocese of Seattle Learning Support Meeting (2013) Catherine Muzzy with a panel of educators from the Archdiocese of Seattle: Lonnie Miller, Regina Melonson, Rick Boyle, Charlie Beall, Dan Sherman, & Bonnie Meyer



American Federation of Pueri Cantores                            2016 - present

Board of Directors, Parent Ambassador Program Co-Chair

THINK Together                                                                      2013 – 2015

Board of Directors Member, Red Team Grant Reading Team Participant

Roberto Foundation                                                                2012 – present

Board of Directors Member

JSerra Catholic High School                                                    2015 - present

Mission and Faith Committee Member

Santa Margarita Catholic High School                                    2009 - 2015

Consultative Board Member, Advancement Committee Member, Team Parent Baseball, Team Parent Pep Squad, Education and Technology Committee

Diocese of Orange – Department of Catholic Schools                       

Superintendent's Council 2015 - 2017

Curriculum Committee Member 2009 - 2014 

Academic Decathlon Planning Committee Member 2003 - present  

St. Kilian Catholic Church                                                                1998 - present

Religious Education Teacher, Building Campaign Meeting Host, PSA Committee Co-Chair, Eucharistic Minister, Member of the Pastoral Council



Loyola Marymount University 200-Day Catholic Research Lab, Member

Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Member

National Catholic Educational Association, Member

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Member

American Educational Research Association, Member

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, Member

St. Kilian Catholic Church, Parishioner, Member of Pastoral Council  

Kappa Kappa Gamma National Sorority, Alumnus Member - Zeta Eta Chapter (UC Irvine)