Dr. Antonio Felix is a South Central Los Angeles native and currently serves as the Director of the Loyola Marymount University (LMU) School of Education PLACE Corps (Partners in Los Angeles Catholic Education)—a nationally recognized Catholic teacher service program housed within LMU’s Center for Catholic Education. Dr. Felix oversees the PLACE Corps’ mission to place novice teachers in primarily under-resourced schools in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Diocese of Orange, and Diocese of San Bernardino through the program’s three pillars of professional development, community living, and spiritual growth. Dr. Felix is also the Director of CAST (Catholic Archdiocesan School Teachers)—a master of arts and preliminary teaching credential program designed for current full-time Catholic school educators from the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and San Francisco and the Dioceses of Fresno, Oakland, Orange, Sacramento, San Bernardino, and Stockton.
Before joining LMU, Dr. Felix served at Nativity Catholic School, located in the Vermont-Slauson community of Los Angeles, in many capacities—first as a junior high math and science teacher, later as the director of marketing and development, and eventually as principal. Dr. Felix earned his master’s degree in Elementary Education along with a California Teaching Credential from LMU. Dr. Felix returned to LMU and earned a second master’s degree in Catholic School Administration and a California Administrative Services Credential. Dr. Felix received his doctorate in Educational Leadership for Social Justice at LMU. His dissertation titled, “Si No Yo, ¿Entonces Quién?”: Testimonios of Latino/a Catholic School Teachers in Under-Resourced Urban Catholic Schools, explored the racialized experiences and factors that motivated, sustained, and contributed to Latino/a Catholic school teachers’ choices to work in under-resourced urban Catholic schools.
Loyola Marymount University: Ed.D., Educational Leadership for Social Justice 2022
Loyola Marymount University: MA, Elementary Education 2007
Loyola Marymount University: MA, Catholic School Administration 2010
Areas of Expertise (5)
Catholic School Leadership Formation
Catholic School Teacher Preparation
Social Justice Leadership
Industry Expertise (1)
David L. Clark National Scholar (UCEA/AERA/SAGE Publications) and UCEA Jackson Scholars Fellowship (professional)
The David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy, sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), Divisions A and L of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and SAGE Publications, brings emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for presentations, generative discussion, and professional growth.