Welcome to Dr. Regan’s Page
Dr. Regan is the Chief Executive Officer for Sierra Nevada Academy Charter School and SNACS Preschool. Dr. Regan founded SNACS with a committee of families in 1998. She developed the mission and vision of SNACS, which drives all of our work in implementing the SNACS school model and branding: @SNACSNevada #PersonalizedLearning through #PLAY & building #SmallSchoolCommunity to #ChangeTheWorld.
Dr. Regan’s role and responsibilities are similar to that of a small-scale superintendent with a record of success in collaboration and innovation. Her responsibilities are prioritized in establishing a culture of achievement; building capacity of board members, educational and support professionals; establishing an effective school community and building public relations within Washoe County, Nevada, and the US. Her duties include organizational and educational program planning and leadership; business, human resources, and financial management; school community, sponsor, state, and community relations; facilities management; school safety leadership; legal, charter, and policy oversight; public policy and research leadership; and digital marketing and social media leadership.
She has her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Carolina. She received her K-12 school administrator endorsement, and her Ed. D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Dr. Regan has been in education for the past 25 years where her experiences expand across educational, political, and business landscapes. She is a founding member of SNACS and has served as an administrator for the past 20+ years. Since the inception in 1999, the school has increased enrollment from zero to approximately 300 students. Dr. Regan is the longest-running charter school administrator in the state of Nevada. She started the school because she believed in making a difference for children, especially those who might be at-risk of not graduating. Dr. Regan believes in choice in education and the small school community.
In 2004, she opened the certified preschool program because there was a need in the North Valley’s community. This later evolved into the separate, but related partner entity, Sierra Nevada Achievers for Community Services (SNACS) Preschool. SNACS Preschool is a separate entity. SNACS Preschool is partnered with the charter school, the Nevada Ready Prek Grant Program, and the Nevada Ready B-3 Community Program with FirstSchools to provide early childhood services, advocacy, and education for young children, their families, and the community. SNACS Preschool is a 4-star rated preschool through Nevada Silver State Stars. It is also accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and serves children between the ages of 6 weeks until 5 years old, and provides before and after school care in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Dr. Regan was appointed by Governor Sandoval to serve on the P-20 Council, which promotes quality of care between pre-school age and through college. The P-20 movement brings continuity in education through vertical and horizontal alignment.
Dr. Regan served as the President for the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC), a state non-profit organization serving nearly 500 members. NevAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children birth through age 8, by connecting practice, policy, and research. NevAEYC advances a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and supports all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children. The organization’s vision is all young children thrive and learn in a society dedicated to ensuring they reach their full potential.
Dr. Regan serves on Charter School Association of Nevada (CSAN) and the CSAN School Leaders Council. CSAN’s mission is to serve students first, advocacy second, support always. The School Leaders Council supports charter school operators to continually engage with and be ready to mobilize around crucial issues impacting public charter schools in the state of Nevada. This work advances charter schools in Nevada and provides students and families with a voice and a choice in public education.
Dr. Regan is passionate about empowering at-risk children through play. Anyone who knows her, knows she believes in increasing student engagement through the power of play, choice, and play-based learning for all ages and in all subjects. Play provides an avenue for all children to have fun when learning in a hands-on approach. Through play, children can learn to make choices and learn to manage their time. Play also provides a voice for children who may not always have a voice. She believes everyone should have a voice and an opportunity to play. These basic premises define what Dr. Regan stands for in education.
Dr. Regan first worked as a writer in Newspaper in Education for Gannett Newspapers, a division of USA Today. She has written for Family magazine, a local Reno publication distributed to 40,000 families. She has published photographs in the NAEYC professional journal, Young Children. Dr. Regan has presented at local, state, and nation NAEYC conferences as well as at the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught Master’s level courses for the University of Phoenix in the Early Childhood Education Department online and face to face in early childhood education, development, and leadership. She has conducted professional development activities and taught seminars related to digital learning environments, education leadership, school safety, positive behavior supports, classroom management, instructional design, 21 Century Learning, Common Core, state and national assessments, and many other education-related topics.
Her contributions in service work embody a practice of research that informs practice and policy, promoting college and career readiness, economic development and improved quality of life across the developmental levels of students and the community. Dr. Regan has participated in multiple B-3 and P-3 symposiums for the Governor and has worked with the National Governor’s Association, as a stakeholder in a community of early childhood leaders, to establish state-level priorities. She recently participated as a member of the Nevada Team at a Harvard professional day entitled “The Leading Edge of Early Childhood: Linking Science to Policy for a New Generation of Pre-K” to participate in statewide policy planning. She participated in Early Childhood Advisory Committee activities including supporting the Strong Start initiative, Silver State Strong, and contributing to public policy briefs. She collaborates with members representing agencies such as The Children’s Advocacy Alliance, the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research & Policy (UNLV), Head Start, The Children’s Cabinet, and Division of Welfare and Supportive Services to establish comprehensive statewide strategic plans, policy briefs, campaign efforts, and collaborate.
Dr. Regan opened an education consulting & technology development company, PLAY: Technologies in Education. The consulting firm was established to support a patent-pending technology project she is working on. Her systems-based technology infrastructure tracks real-time student engagement data while simultaneously promoting Developmentally Appropriate Practice and accountability. The patent is at the end of the three-year process and should be awarded in the next several months. The trademarks PLAYTM, and PLAY: Promoting Learning and Accountability with Young Children/YouthTM. The trademarks are published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, one of which was recently awarded.
Dr. Regan loves her work and spending time with her family in her quite time at home. She loves writing, photography, drawing and design, acting, singing, nature, horseback riding, running, and yoga. Dr. Regan loves spending time with her family.
You can follow Dr. Regan’s social media highlights by following @ki_regan or one of the organizations she works with @SNACSNevada @SNACSPreschool @PLAYteched where she tweets related to education, public policy, child development issues, SNACS and SNACS Preschool and related NevAEYC issues.
Dr. Regan Represents Nevada in Washington, DC
Dr. Regan represented Nevada in Washington, D.C.. Dr. Regan traveled to Washington with three other Nevadans as part of the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children, where she serves as President. The group spent time in Advocacy and Public Policy meetings with representatives from every state. The Nevada group met with representatives from all six Nevada Delegates on the hill including Senators Heller and Reid and Representatives Titus, Heck, and Hardy. The group spent time discussing education issues such as the reauthorization of the ESEA Waiver, supporting Governor Sandoval’s New Nevada Education Initiatives, and supporting State-funded Preschool and Kindergarten full-day programs. Senator Heller’s Office provided an inside tour of the Capitol featuring underground tunnels and Senator subway systems between buildings.
Public Policy and Educational Resources
View Legislative Resources for 2015
View Governor Sandoval’s Education Program Budget Overview for 2015
Visit the National Charter School Alliance to learn more about charter schools
Visit the Nevada Charter School Association
Visit the Nevada Department of Education
Visit the Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children (NevAEYC) website at:
Visit the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website at:
View the NevAEYC Public Policy Imperatives supporting early childhood in Nevada: