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The Hogwarts’ (i.e., Regents’) House System

Harry Potter. Dumbledore. Gryffindor. Those are likely the first names or images that come to mind when you think of the Regents House system. It is a fair and simple way to contextualize the structure of the Regents House system, but not the heart of it. Instead of only celebrating the wins or mourning the losses of a Quidditch match, our primary goal for the House System is to give students opportunities to actively lead and shape the culture at Regents. Our hope is that through weekly service projects, friendly competitions, House worship, and through connecting the Grammar and Upper schools, a pervading love for one another and the Lord will deepen. 

Structure: So, who plays Dumbledore in this scenario? 

The simple answer is no one. While our wonderful administrative team creates the structure and organization of the school as a whole, the House system is meant to be a student-led organization, with the support and guidance of the House Coordinator, Mrs. Lawrence, and the main House teachers – Mrs. Burklin, Dr. Hurst, and Mr. Modar. 

Our House system has four houses based on the churches of old – Jerusalem, Rome, Oxford, and Kampala, with the latter serving as the church of today. Each of the Houses has a Steward and a Vice Steward to lead and be the voice of its members. Our thoughtful and creative Stewards this year are:

  • Anna Claire Powers and Kaitlyn McKenna serving Jerusalem
  • Susannah Vermillion and Gabe Shipp serving Rome
  • Mason Baker and Haylee Harman serving Oxford
  • Katelyn Anderson and Quint Middlebrook serving Kampala

In order to create diverse Houses, our Stewards help to place new 7th grade students each year based on the student’s House choice, grade level, gender, and personality. These newcomers are then welcomed the first Friday of school by their House members in a unique and meaningful way.

What We Do: Leave Your Broomstick at Home

One of the most fruitful components of the House system has been the connection between the Grammar School and Logic/Rhetoric School. With the pairing of Buddies, we are able to expand the boundaries of fellowship across all grade lines. Because of the natural admiration that younger students have for older ones, our Logic and Rhetoric students are able to be models to younger students about behaviors and attitudes that are acceptable. We accomplish this with monthly picnics, letter writing, games at Field Day, and during the day-to-day encounters on campus. 

While the Buddy system is a bright highlight, we have a lot more going on behind the scenes that set the rhythm of each week and year. 

  • Beginning of the Year Kick-Off – Building camaraderie takes time, and we do that by taking a day at the beginning of each year for various team-building activities. This year we had the opportunity to go to Escapology, an escape room, in Tyler.
  • Mid- and End-of-Year Competitions – Houses pair up to plan and organize a fun competition to wrap up the semester. Our competitions aim to involve all students in a variety of song, dance, skits, and building challenges.
  • Wednesday Worship – Students gather with their Houses every six weeks to worship God in song and discussion. 
  • Friday Service Projects – Each Friday, following a weekly rotation, time is allocated for in-school service projects and games. Our service projects entail everything from playing with Grammar School classes so that their teachers can have a moment to eat their lunch uninterrupted to cleaning classrooms and changing air filters. Our games range from the typical card games you play at home to goofy games the students make up, like flag football but with a stuffed animal instead of a football. 
  • Adopt a Non-Profit- This year, we are trying something new. Each House has adopted a non-profit organization to serve throughout the year, based upon the organization’s needs. 

House Points: Gryffindor Receives 50 Points!

In order to encourage camaraderie, compliance, and discipline, we have modeled our point system after the Oxford model (popularly expressed in Harry Potter), with the major exception being that it’s not arbitrary. Instead, the Stewards and staff give and deduct House points based on behavior-related actions, not academic ones. Our hope is that through positive peer pressure, students will strive to make personal choices that positively affect others.

At Christmas and the end of the year, the House that has earned the most points wins the House Cup, which is a handsome Greco-Roman bust of Apollo. The winners have the opportunity to add one extra item to the Cup, leaving their distinctive mark. Over the years, Apollo will gain character by morphing into a symbol that represents the personality and history of each of the Houses.

Continuing to Grow: Harry Grows Up, But We Continue On

As we enter our fourth year of the Regent’s House system, we are finally able to build off of the solid foundation previous Stewards have established. Now, we can focus more closely on establishing our leadership training for our Stewards, our daily connection with Grammar School, and our service to those both in the school and Nacogdoches community. We are thrilled to watch our students take ownership of their school and look forward to what it will become in the future.

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Holley Chapman

Regents Academy is excited to welcome Holley Chapman to our staff for the 2021-2022 school year. Holley Chapman will teach first grade in the grammar school. She has a B.A. in English with a minor in History from Texas A&M University. Holley has been married to Andy for 14 years, and they have two children at Regents: Max ( 8 ) and Charlotte ( 5 ). For fun, the Chapmans enjoy camping together and have recently started to do rock climbing too! Holley is overjoyed to join the RA family and excited for the year to come.

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Mrs. Brittany Burke

We are pleased to add Mrs. Brittany Burke to our staff for the 2021-2022 school year! Brittany Burke serves as the schools Communications and Administrative Assistant. Brittany graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a BA in Communications and a minor in Education. Brittany has been married to Wesley since 2012, and they have four children, three of whom attend Regents Academy. In her free time she loves to travel with her family, drink coffee with her husband, and be outdoors.

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Dr. John Quant

Regents Academy is pleased to welcome Dr. John Quant to our staff for the 2021-2022 academic school year. John Quant will serve as Head of the Logic & Rhetoric School and will teach Latin. He has a B.A. in English, with a minor in Jewish Studies from the University of Minnesota, a M.A. in Religion from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Emory University. Dr. Quant has been married to Holly for 15 years, and they have five children, three of whom attend Regents. Long ago he was president of the Juggling Club at the University of Minnesota, and a member of the Yale Anti-Gravity Society. In long forgotten days of misspent youth, he enjoyed reading, juggling, snowboarding, wakeboarding, video and board games, and working out. Now, he enjoys studying biblical and classical languages, making ‘dad jokes,’ reading children’s books, and listening to audio books while doing the dishes.

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Mrs. Beth Smith

Regents Academy is pleased to add Beth Smith to our staff for the 2021-2022 academic school year! Beth Smith is our new Post-High School Advisor. She has a BA in Psychology and is currently pursuing a MA in Classical and Christian Studies. Beth has been married to Aaron for thirty-three years, and in addition to their three grown children and two grandchildren, they have one son, Nate, who is in ninth grade at Regents. Beth served as a military spouse with various roles and responsibilities for over twenty-six years until Aaron retired from the US Air Force in 2016. After this, Beth, Aaron and Nate served as overseas missionaries with the Rafiki Foundation, where Beth was a Dean at the Rafiki Classical Teacher’s College in Uganda, East Africa. When their time at Rafiki was complete, Aaron returned to work for the US military at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida, until the Smith family moved to Lufkin, Texas, this year to spend more time with their extended family.

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Mrs. Tracie Lasater

Regents Academy is excited to welcome Mrs. Tracie Lasater to our staff for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Tracie Lasater will teach upper school art for Regents starting this fall. While her degree is in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, Tracie has worked in many career fields. She worked in investment banking on Wall Street for J.P. Morgan and commercial banking for Vectra Bank in Colorado. While living abroad as an expat, Tracie founded and ran a successful online silver business, which later developed into a brick and mortar silver store in the Houston Heights. After her family moved to Nacogdoches, Tracie served as the executive director for Millard’s Crossing Historic Village and founded Thumpers Christian Bookstore and Cafe. Tracie is a lover of creativity and a portrait artist with a preference for the medium of pastels. Tracie is married to Albert, has four children, and is a member at Grace Bible Church.

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Mrs. Becky McMorries

Regents Academy is glad to welcome Mrs. Becky McMorries to our staff for the 2021-2022 academic school year. Becky McMorries is returning to Regents to co-teach 6th grade with Mrs. Austin and teach 12th grade Physics. She has a B.S. in Chemistry and an M.S. in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University. This will be her 12th year of teaching and 5th year at Regents Academy. She has been married to Kyle for 17 years and they have two children at Regents, William and Susanna. In her free time she likes to run, bike, and travel with her family.

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Mr. David W. Brewer

Regents Academy is pleased to add Mr. David W. Brewer to our staff for the 2021-2022 academic school year! Mr. David W. Brewer will teach lower and upper school music starting this fall. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Northwest Missouri State University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from Oklahoma State University. Before joining the Regents Academy family, he worked as the Director of Music at Christ Episcopal Church of St. Joseph, Missouri. In 2020, he was awarded the Missouri Choral Directors Association Opus Award for Choral Composition Excellence for his work Welcome Home. Recently, David married his bride, Kathryn Barnes, who will be attending Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue Music Education. In his free time, David is a budding composer with works published by Alliance Music Publications, Inc., Colla Voce Music, LLC, and through his website

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Sarah Grace “Gracie” Alders

Regents Academy is excited to welcome Sarah Grace Alders to our staff for the 2021-2022 school year! Sarah Grace “Gracie” Alders will be a Teacher’s Aide for 1st and 2nd grade as well as the Reading/Literacy Specialist in the grammar school. After starting at Regents Academy in kindergarten and graduating from there in 2017, she spent the last four years at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho, where she earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts & Culture and a Certificate of Music. While in college, she taught and tutored Latin and developed a love for Biblical Hebrew and Classical Greek. She was born and raised on a poultry, cattle, and timber farm in Nacogdoches, with her 9 siblings. Her hobbies include working outside on her family’s farm, playing games with her siblings, nieces, and nephews, and trying to play jazz piano.

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Mrs. Angie Nichols

Regents Academy is pleased to add Mrs. Angie Nichols to our staff for the 2021-2022 school year. Angie Nichols will teach second grade in the grammar school this year. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Development, with a minor in Health Science from Stephen F. Austin State University. Bringing to Regents Academy twelve years of teaching experience, Angie is elated to teach where two of her three kids currently attend school. Gregg and Angie have been faithfully married for twenty-one years and have been abundantly blessed with raising Joshua (18), Jacob (16), and Elizabeth ( 8 ). As a family, the Nichols enjoy traveling, horse shows, working the ranch, boating, and playing with all their dogs and puppies. One of their family’s life verses is, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work in us” (Ephesians 3:20).

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