Simon and Jude School, West Chester, welcomes its new principal, Sister Regina Elinich, I.H.M. With nearly 43 years rooted in Catholic education, she brings the tradition and lessons that the parochial school’s families look for in forming the foundation of faith and education in their children.

Sister Regina, a Catholic school graduate, was most recently principal of Our Lady of Angels Academy in Lansdford, Pa., and of St. Joachim School in Philadelphia prior to that. She has experience teaching in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Dioceses of Allentown, Arlington (Va.) and Metuchen (N.J.). She Regina also served on the Allentown Diocese Board of Education.


She is no stranger to the West Chester area. After joining the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Sister Regina received her undergraduate degree from Immaculata University and her master’s in education from West Chester University.

“I am privileged to be a part of SS. Simon and Jude School,” said Sister Regina. “The parents and children have graciously welcomed me to the community and I look forward to enriching the children with the faith and education they need to make a positive difference in their lives and in the world.”

The school was founded in 1962, one year after SS. Simon and Jude Parish’s founding, and today enrolls 345 students in grades K to 8 (two classes for each grade). The school provides a quality Catholic education enhanced with the latest technology, fine arts, Spanish, honors math and state-of-the-art science lab. The school environment nurtures each person to become the best student possible.