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.
Michael KennedyHead of School
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 HornePrincipal, Early Childhood
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.
Danielle KellyPrincipal, 1st-3rd Grade
Courtney BrittonAssistant Principal, Preschool – 3rd grade
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.
Katie GallagherPrincipal, HNC Campus
Jackie MillerPrincipal, HNC Campus