Michael Kennedy, Head of School
Michael Kennedy begins his third year as Head of School at The Frances Xavier Warde School (FXW). He came to FXW from La Lumiere, an independent Catholic boarding high school in La Porte, Indiana, where he was Headmaster for 11 years.
During his tenure at La Lumiere, Mr. Kennedy guided the school through its first ever comprehensive capital campaign, an aspirational and inspirational Strategic Plan, as well as their first ever Campus Master Plan. Under his direction, La Lumiere School experienced unprecedented growth with enrollment and giving nearly doubled, the number of faculty with advanced degrees tripled, all while enhancing the quality and quantity of curriculum offerings.
Mr. Kennedy brings to FXW experiences in different types of schools that spans three decades, starting at Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, before moving to La Lumiere School as a teacher, coach and administrator. Prior to returning to La Lumiere School in 2004 as the school’s fifth Headmaster, he was the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Latin School of Chicago.
Mr. Kennedy received his bachelor’s degree from Boston College and a master’s degree from The University of Notre Dame.
Erin Horne, Director of Education and Principal, Preschool-Kindergarten
Erin Horne began her career at FXW in 1998 as a third grade classroom teacher. She assumed more leadership responsibilities as the Assistant Principal and Principal of the OSP Campus. Erin earned her master’s degree in Educational Leadership through Concordia University. In 2016, she continued her duties as Principal and assumed the role of Director of Education. She works with the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Principals to enhance and align the School’s education program. Erin enjoys 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 Kelly, Principal, 1st-3rd Grade
Danielle Kelly graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, earning a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Child Studies. She began her career at FXW as a second grade teacher. In 2011, Danielle earned her master’s degree in Instructional Leadership from Loyola University Chicago and also transitioned to Assistant Principal. Danielle became Principal in 2013. She truly enjoys working with teachers, as well as partnering with students and families to best meet the needs of all children.
Courtney Britton, Assistant Principal, Preschool-3rd Grade
Courtney Britton began her career at FXW in 2009 as a primary teacher and also taught multi-grade levels. In 2013, she assumed more leadership responsibilities as the Assistant Principal at the Old St. Patrick’s campus and still teaches. Courtney holds a Master’s in Elementary Education as well as a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership. FXW’s mission drew Courtney here and it is what keeps her here today. She enjoys partnering with the teachers, students, and families at FXW to live and carry out our School’s mission.
Katie Gallagher, Principal, HNC Campus
Katie joined the FXW faculty in 2003 to teach 5th grade and later taught 8th grade. In 2009, she assumed the role of Assistant Principal. Four years later, she became Principal. Katie completed her graduate studies at Loyola University Chicago, where she received a master’s degree in Instructional Leadership. She thoroughly enjoys her work as an administrator at FXW, supporting teachers and helping students in reaching their full potential.
Jackie Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Jackie Miller began her career at FXW in 2008 as a 4th grade teacher. She also ran the volleyball program. She later taught 6th and 7th grade math and moderated the Student Council. Jackie worked as Principal of 4th-8th grades for three years before becoming Director of Curriculum and Instruction. She earned a master’s in Reading at Loyola University. She enjoys collaborating with faculty to enhance the learning experience for FXW’s students.