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 has a degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University Chicago and 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 began her career at The Frances Xavier Warde School in August 2009 as a first-grade teacher. Over the course of her tenure at FXW she has worked in several different capacities, including classroom teacher, literacy teacher, and assistant principal (since August 2013). Courtney is a graduate of the University of Michigan where she earned her bachelor’s degree. She also holds two master’s degrees in Elementary Education and in Educational Leadership, both from Loyola University Chicago. Courtney is passionate about working with young children. She believes that all children have innate curiosity to understand the world around them and their place in it. It is the job of educators to foster this curiosity into learning through supporting the whole child – academically, social-emotionally, and spiritually. She resides in Chicago with her husband and two young children.
April Greer, Interim Principal, 4th-8th Grade
April Greer has a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in Early Childhood from St. Xavier University, and an M.Ed. in Reading from Loyola University. She is also pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University. April began her career at FXW as a Kindergarten Literacy Teacher in 2007. She then moved to the HNC campus as a Resource Teacher for grades 4 through 8, serving as a small group reading teacher for grade 4 and a small group math teacher for grades 4, 5, 6, and 8. April joined the High School Guidance Team in 2016, and in 2018 she assumed the role of Interim Principal of the HNC Campus. April believes in first connecting emotionally with her students as well as with parents and colleagues; once that is secure, everything else will build on that connection. April has been happily dating her husband for 34 years and her children – three sons and a daughter, as well as two dogs and a cat – provide her with joy and inspiration.
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.
Andrew Miller joined FXW in 2018 as our Director of Student Life. Andrew spent five years at Culver Educational Foundation, working as a School Psychologist. As part of this work, Andrew served on the ISACS Equity and Justice Committee. This opportunity assisted him in understanding the network and nature of independent schools and further developed his passion and skills for the work surrounding social justice. After leaving Culver, Andrew worked as a School Psychologist for the Chicago Board of Education on the South and Southwest sides of Chicago. Andrew received his undergraduate degree from Grace College in Indiana. He received both his Master’s degree and his Specialist in Education degree from Ball State University in Indiana.