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Regina Academy welcomes new headmaster John Mundy

KATHRYN FINEGAN CLARK



JOHN V. MUNDY

John V. Mundy, new headmaster of The Regina Academy at St. John the Baptist in Nockamixon Township, is a warm and pleasant man, but he’s also a force to be reckoned with.

He has been able to bridge the gap between yesterday and today, grasping constantly-emerging technology while still holding onto tradition in a special way. A power-house educator, he has spent a lifetime working with Catholic and independent schools, often helping to renew school spirit and energy and leading troubled schools through significant transitions. He describes himself as “a resourceful guy,” and firmly believes, “This was my calling.”

Now, he is setting the tone for the private academy that has replaced the old St. John’s Elementary School.

St. John’s, the oldest Catholic parish in Bucks County, was established near Haycock Run by the McCartys and Kohls, pioneer Irish and German families, in the 1730s. Circuit-riding missionary priests celebrated Mass in private homes before the first stone church was built in 1798. The first Catholic school was organized 14 years earlier.

Mundy has now replaced Michael Patterson, the school’s first headmaster, after serving on the school’s board of directors as an educational consultant and, last year, as president of the academy.

“We’ve renewed the school as Regina Academy with emphasis on a classical Catholic education. We teach science, history and Latin. We believe critical reading, writing and thinking are important, maybe more important now with the technological changes.”

In addition, Mundy said, “The children learn to say their prayers in Latin, even the little ones, and Latin is taught in the fifth through eighth grades.”

Mundy noted classes are small, about 10 students per class with only 113 students in the school. “The parents,” he said, “are very religious, very spiritual people and concerned about secular influences on their children.”

Mundy described the dozen teachers at the academy as “very child-centered, all experienced, most with master’s degrees.”

Mundy commutes to the school from Bristol, where he grew up. His mother, a widow, owned the Delaware House, an inn, and he learned his people and business skills helping her as he grew up.

He is a product of St. Mark’s Parochial School in Bristol and Holy Ghost Preparatory School in Bensalem Township. He was director of annual giving, alumni relations and public relations at Holy Ghost from 1998 to 2005, and a key member of the leadership team that raised $3.5 million for a building that now houses a library, classrooms and a technology center.

He established cross country and track at the prep school and still coaches track there, and is credited with starting the Mill Street Run in Bristol, now a popular annual charity event in its 50th year.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from West Chester University, a master’s in education from the College of New Jersey and principal’s certificates from The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Lehigh University.

Before his work at Regina Academy, he served as director of development at The Pen Ryn School in Bensalem. He earlier was head of school/principal there. He also was interim principal at Grey Nun Academy in Yardley, founding principal at Holy Family Regional Catholic High School in Levittown and principal at St. Joseph the Worker School in Fallsington, and had earlier taught and served as assistant principal in the Bensalem School District.

Regina Academy is privately funded and many of the children attend on scholarship, according to Mundy.

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