Meet our Principal

Rebecca Harvey, MA, MEd.,

Mrs. Harvey previously served as principal for the Diocese of Allentown and taught on both the elementary and high school levels for the Harrisburg Diocese.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Regis College and a Master’s of Arts degree in Humanities from Penn State University and a Master’s of Education degree with distinction from Cabrini College.

Mrs. Harvey also serves as a Middle States Association accreditor for Catholic schools.

Mrs. Rebecca Harvey has served as principal of Seven Sorrows BVM School since midway through the 2018-19 school year, quickly garnering the love and support of the school family. She considers Catholic education a lifetime investment, teaching children not simply what to think, but how to think.

“We teach to the child,” Mrs. Harvey says. “We are child-centered and teach with a strong emphasis on the development of each child’s soul. At Seven Sorrows, we do not simply deliver information to children; we teach children not simply what to think but how to think. 

We teach to the child, not to the book, not to the class, and certainly, not to the standardized test. Seven Sorrows has high standards that encourage children to reach their potential and beyond. The only way this is possible is because our teachers know your child and are invested in their futures. This type of care and personal attention for your child is immeasurable. We spend many, many hours a week helping them grow in faith and knowledge. The foundation of our curriculum includes math, science, grammar, theology, literature, writing, languages, and the fine arts--liberal arts education with a strong emphasis on the development of the child’s soul.

“At Seven Sorrows, we believe that one of our major roles is to provide an education that goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. We teach each child how to be a good person; we teach integrity and provide them with a moral compass to make good decisions which, we believe, is the foundation of leadership. We teach them that having manners and being courteous is important in maintaining the dignity of their relationships with their friends, teachers, and parents. 

“Our students come to understand and embrace the truth of why they exist: to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world and be happy with Him forever in the next. We believe that each child is different, that was God’s intention, which is why we treat each one as individual gifts from God, even when they are sent to my office for a moment of restorative justice. We strive to nurture students who are clear-thinking, well-rounded, and most importantly, joyful individuals.” Mrs. Harvey believes that Catholic schools make a difference in how they address formation of the intellect, character, and spirituality.