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Our Faculty & Staff

Mr. Christopher Keefe

Headmaster

Mr. Keefe earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Regina Apostolorum in Rome, Italy, and a Masters in History at Villanova University. Prior to Regina Coeli Academy, Mr. Keefe was the 7th and 8th-grade teacher at Regina Angelorum Academy for six years. He loves being with family and friends, is an avid soccer player, and dabbles in music. Mr. Keefe is excited to share his passion for Classical Catholic Education and to be a part of the Regina Coeli family.

Ms. Faith Leopold

Director of Institutional Advancement

Faith majored in English Literature at Christendom College. After graduating, Faith lived in Salvador, Brazil, and did ministry with the local youth through teaching art, dancing, and ESL. After returning to America, Faith worked as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center and did advocacy. She then worked in a home for men with intellectual disabilities. She enjoys writing short stories, singing, playing board games, improv, and doing outreach.

Mrs. Theresa George

Catechesis of the Good Shepard

Leaving behind a 30-year career in the medical field, Theresa believes that God has led her to use her time and talents as a Catechist in the Good Shepherd Program at Regina Coeli Academy. Theresa received her Level I and Level II certification in CGS through the National Association of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She also completed her certification as a Montessori Assistant. As a Benedictine Oblate, she is pleased to bring this simplicity of faith and love of Lectio Divina, listening to God’s Word, to the children through her work in the atrium, a place where she can help them “fall in love with God”. Theresa is a lifelong resident of Philadelphia and resides there with her husband Chris and family. Delighted to have discovered Regina Coeli Academy through her passion for classical education, Theresa enrolled her youngest child, who is now an RCA graduate, after having homeschooled her in the classical tradition for many years.  

Mrs. Cindy Cornely

Montessori Teaching Assistant

Mrs. Cornely is so happy to have been working at Regina Coeli Academy since 2013. Upon starting her job here, she attended a Montessori Assistant Training Program at Chestnut Hill College. In the five years before joining the RCA family, she served as a Teaching Assistant in St David’s Pre-K program in Willow Grove, PA.

Cindy and her husband Steve are the parents of three grown children. During her children’s formative years, Mrs. Cornely held countless volunteer and leadership positions at their school and parish, St David’s, ranging from organizing fundraisers and social events to supervising lunch duty. Mrs. Cornely brings all of this, her faith, and a mother’s heart to her work.

Mrs. Nicole Brown

2nd Grade Homeroom

Mrs. Nicole Brown earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary/ Special Education from DeSales University.  After graduating, Nicole taught 3rd grade at Christ the King in Philadelphia for 3 years.  For the past 11 years, she has been working at the Goddard School of Horsham as the pre-school teacher and kindergarten substitute.  Nicole has two children and enjoys spending her free time watching them on the baseball field or spending time with her family.  She is excited to be a part of the Regina Coeli family.

Mrs. Barbara Glenn

3rd Grade Homeroom

Mrs. Barbara Glenn has been at Regina Coeli Academy since 2017. She has twenty years of experience teaching first, second, and third grade with the School District of Philadelphia. Mrs. Glenn also taught 2 ½ years with preschoolers and a year in 2nd grade at a private Christian school. She has her BA in Early Childhood Education from Holy Family University. Mrs. Glenn is an active member of Holy Martyrs Church in Oreland where she is a lector and her husband, David, is a Eucharistic minister. They have 2 grown daughters and 1 grown son and have been married for 26 years. Every year, she looks forward to helping your children grow with Christ as well as academically being the best they can be!

Mrs. Tara Baer

4th Grade Homeroom

Mrs. Tara Baer earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from West Chester University. She taught at St. David’s in Willow Grove for 6 years, teaching 4th grade, 3rd grade, and Kindergarten. For the past 11 years, she has been working as the Operations Director at The Goddard School in Horsham. She has three children ages 13, 10, and 3.  On the weekends and spare time, she loves spending time with her big extended family as well as watching her son’s ice hockey games and her daughters’ dance competitions and recitals.

Miss Valerie Hart

5th Grade Homeroom

Miss Valerie Hart grew up in Glenside, PA where she attended St. Luke the Evangelist School, and St. Basil Academy. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. She served as an Americorps member at Great Oaks Charter School while obtaining her Master of Arts in Teaching from New York University. She taught English, Literature, Religion, Robotics, Musical Theater, and 3D Printing for the past two years in Pensacola, Florida. She is excited to be a member of the RCA family.

Miss Monica Clarke

6th Grade Homeroom, Math, Latin

Miss Clarke grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and attended Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology from St. Charles Borromeo School of Theological Studies. Miss Clarke is a classically trained musician, with experience in keyboard, viola, and sacred choral music. She has been teaching a variety of math, religion, and Latin classes since 2010, and has been the Sixth Grade homeroom teacher at Regina Coeli Academy since 2014.

Mr. Kieran Morgan

8th Grade Religion, Math, Latin, Greek, Logic

Mr. Morgan grew up in Warrington, Pennsylvania and attended Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education. Upon graduation, Mr. Morgan worked as a Wilbur Fellow at the Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal, completing research in the following fields: history, philosophy, literature, and education. For the 2021-2022 academic year, he will serve as the Seventh Grade homeroom teacher and teach a variety of history, religion, and Latin courses.

Mr. Michael Nevadomski

7th Grade Religion, English, History, Writing

Mr. Nevadomski is a native of Guam and grew up in South Florida. He graduated with honors in 2009 from Middlebury College, Vermont, where he majored in English and American Literatures and Arabic. He spent several years in Egypt as an English teacher, tour guide, and stringer for several international publications during the “Arab Spring,” and worked later as an editor and a ghostwriter in Washington, DC. In his spare time, he writes on archdiocesan events and ephemera for CatholicPhilly, dabbles in French cookery, restores ecclesiastical furniture, and tends his vegetable garden. 

Miss Anne Nyaga

PreK-8th Grade Music

Ms. Nyaga is a graduate of Ave Maria University with a degree in Music and a minor in Latin and Greek.  She has taught music and Latin at Regina Coeli Academy since 2015. She was born and spent a large part of her childhood in Kenya (East Africa). More recently, she has lived in Massachusetts with her family. She has a passion for teaching music, performing, as well as for learning other languages. She is very interested in the link between music and languages. She believes that the study of Gregorian chant and authentic folk music is integral to a complete musical education. She speaks various languages including two African languages (Swahili and Kikuyu), and French.

Mrs. Emmy Conley

PreK-8th Grade Art Teacher

Fulfilling a lifelong goal of becoming an artist, Emmy Conley graduated from Villanova University in 1984 receiving her Bachelors of Fine Art. While working in the art field, she volunteered at the Glenmary Mission in Kentucky teaching Bible School where she decided to become a teacher as well. She received her certification in Elementary Education after taking courses at Immaculata University and later became certified in Art Education. She has been teaching art at Regina Coeli since 2012. She is a member of St. Stanislaus Parish with her husband, and has three grown children, and continues to paint.

Mrs. Barbara Hallett

5th-8th Grade Science

Mrs. Hallett holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  While living in that area, she had a full and rewarding career teaching biology, chemistry, and earth science in the Spotsylvania School System at the high school level.  She taught advanced level biology and AP biology for many years during that time. The last three years of her career in that school system, she was the Science Department Chairman.  In that capacity, she supervised the Science Department teachers in all areas.  She also helped to train new teachers, wrote and approved curriculum, interviewed prospective teachers, and evaluated their performance.  Over the course of her career she also taught summer courses to elementary teachers who were interested in how to teach science on an elementary level. 

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