A message from Mrs. Emily Regan, Principal -St. John the Evangelist
I am thrilled to join the Catholic Schools of Broome County! To be a part of an outstanding, Catholic, and high-achieving school community is such a blessing to me. I believe that God has always, and will continue to, lead me to where He wants me to be in order to improve the lives of children. God crafted my life’s journey in education.
I started my career in 1987 as a special education teacher. My heart has always been for students who have different/special needs. In my quest to help them more effectively, I received training to become a certified Reading Recovery teacher as well as receiving my master’s degree in reading/literacy. Several years later, I received certification as a Literacy Collaborative Literacy Coordinator where I trained teachers in balanced literacy practices and worked closely with the administration to focus on improving our delivery of instruction and curriculum development. At this juncture, I was working with the principals and the superintendents in my district, and they encouraged me to seek my certification in administration.
Once I received my Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in building and district administration, I applied for a principal opening at Union-Endicott. God blessed me with that job as the new principal at Thomas J. Watson, Sr. Elementary School. I worked there for 11 years until my retirement at 55 years old. It was a wonderful school with hard working teachers, staff, parents and children.
During my first year of retirement, I was a substitute principal for UE and hopped back on board as an interim principal for 5 months in the Charles F. Johnson Elementary Schools. I worked closely with the staff and the assistant principal to keep the school running smoothly until the new principal was hired in May. I stayed on until the end of June to help him transition. It was at that time that a lovely teacher at CFJ and James Fountaine, former principal of Endicott and St. Johns, nudged me to apply for the principal job at St. John’s the Evangelist Elementary School. As you know, God’s hand in our lives does not send us down the wrong path if we are obedient to His calling.
My husband, Paul, of 33 years, and I raised 2 wonderful children who are now young adults who have also dedicated their lives to serving God and making a difference in the world. Our daughter, Danielle, is 27 years old and she is a director of admissions at the Niagara Lutheran Health System GreenFields Continuing Community Nursing Facility. Our son, Paul age 32, served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years. He is a combat veteran who served in Afghanistan. He is currently a full-time college student.
My door will always be open to the students, staff, and families of SJE.
Together in Christ,