Iowa City Regina introduces Kelly as Head of School


For The Catholic Messenger

IOWA CITY — Regina Catholic Board of Education has selected Joy Kelly to serve as Head of School, following an extensive national search. While the position is new, Kelly is quite familiar with Regina, having served as Regina Jr/Sr High School principal from 1995-1999.


“Regina was my first administrative experience and one that helped me grow as a professional and grow in my faith,” said Kelly.

A lifelong Catholic, Kelly has been the principal at Bettendorf High School since 2016, following 13 years as associate principal. Prior to her time at Regina, Kelly taught at Linn-Mar High School in Marion, Iowa, and was director of evangelization for the Iowa City Catholic Community.


“We were fortunate to interview a number of qualified candidates, but Joy’s experience, ideas and familiarity with Regina made her the ideal choice,” said Patrick Gavin, the search committee chair. “I am grateful for the dedication of the search committee members on this important decision. We are very excited with the outcome.”

Kelly received her B.A. in American History and Teacher Education Certificate from the University of Iowa, her M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Iowa and her Education Specialist Degree from the University of Iowa.

“The creation of the Head of School is a direct result of an in-depth growth and vitality study that was completed at Regina during the previous school year,” said Melinda Shetler, the board of education chair. “We are excited to have Ms. Kelly return to Regina and to utilize her many years of experience in education and leadership to guide our school to the next level of excellence.”

Regina Catholic Education Center is a Pre-K through 12th grade school in Iowa City supported by four area parishes: St. Thomas More- Coralville, and St. Patrick, St. Mary and St. Wenceslaus in Iowa City.

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