Michael KennedyHead of School

Michael Kennedy comes to The Frances Xavier Warde School from La Lumiere, an independent Catholic boarding high school in La Porte, Indiana, where he has been Headmaster since 2004. Mr. Kennedy graduated from La Lumiere in 1986, serving as president of the student body and a key member of the athletic teams. He matriculated at Boston College graduating in 1990, and later earned a Masters Degree in Administration from The University of Notre Dame.

During his tenure, Mr. Kennedy has guided La Lumiere through its first ever comprehensive capital campaign, an aspirational and inspirational Strategic Plan and more recently the School’s first ever Campus Master Plan. In the last decade, La Lumiere School has experienced unprecedented growth in all areas of school. Enrollment and giving nearly doubled. The number of faculty with advanced degrees tripled. Curricula expanded.

Mr. Kennedy’s first job in education was with Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1996, Mr. Kennedy moved to Marmion Academy, an all-boys Benedictine boarding and day school, to serve as their Admissions Director. In 1997, Kennedy joined the staff at Latin School of Chicago as Assistant Director of Admissions, and in 1999 became Director of Admissions and Financial Aid before returning to La Lumiere in 2004.

Erin HorneDirector of Education and Principal, Preschool-Kindergarten

Erin Horne has worked at FXW since 1998, beginning as a 3rd grade classroom teacher. As she prepared for her 4th year at FXW, she was asked to assume more leadership responsibilities as the assistant principal. Erin earned her Masters in Educational Leadership through Concordia University and transitioned from assistant principal to principal in 2007. Erin looks forward to continue building a community of learners with teachers and students. She believes in partnering with preschool and kindergarten families and teachers to make these early years of learning remarkable for every child.


Danielle KellyPrincipal, 1st-3rd Grade

Danielle Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee in 2007, earning a BA in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Child Studies. Previously, she spent three years teaching second grade at FXW. In 2011 Danielle earned her Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University Chicago and served as Assistant Principal of the Old St. Patrick’s Campus for three years. August 2013 marked Danielle’s first year as Principal of 1st-3rd grades. She truly enjoys working with teachers, as well as partnering with students and families to best meet the needs of all children.

Courtney BrittonAssistant Principal, Preschool-3rd grade

Courtney Britton began her career at FXW in 2009 as a primary teacher and has taught both first and second grades. In 2013, she assumed more leadership responsibilities as the Assistant Principal at the Old St. Patrick’s campus. Courtney has earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and is currently part of the Catholic Educators Cohort Program at Loyola University, earning a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership. Courtney looks forward to partnering with the teachers, students, and families at FXW to live and carry out our school’s mission.


Katie GallagherPrincipal, HNC Campus

Katie Gallaghern became Principal of Grades 4 and 8 at FXW in August 2013. To that position, she brought over fifteen years of teaching and administrative experience. After six years of teaching grades 3-5 at St. Andrew School in Chicago, Katie joined the FXW faculty in 2003. She began her FXW career teaching 5th Grade and later moved to 8th Grade. In 2010, she assumed the role of assistant principal at the HNC campus. Katie completed her graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she received a Masters in Instructional Leadership. She thoroughly enjoys her work as an administrator at FXW, supporting teachers and students in reaching their full potential.

Jackie MillerDirector of Curriculum and Instruction

Jackie Miller began her career at FXW in 2008 teaching 4th grade and running the volleyball program. She transitioned into the junior high teaching 6th grade math and moderating Student Council. Jackie earned a Masters in Reading and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Instructional Leadership program at Loyola University. She accepted the position of Assistant Principal for grades 4th-8th. Jackie thoroughly enjoys working with teachers, students, and parents to best meet the needs of all children.

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