Nikki Kerr, principal at Homewood’s Churchill School, will be leaving her position July 1. With twin 6-year-olds, Kerr said she couldn’t be a mom and a principal and work well at both positions.
Nikki Kerr, principal at Homewood’s Churchill School, will be leaving her position July 1.
“It was a really hard decision. I love Churchill, I love the people here, I love the kids, I love the community. It’s not a decision I took lightly in any way,” she said. “I’ve done Churchill School longer than I’ve done anything in my life – 17 years. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to spend that time in a career. It’s been fabulous.”
But with twin 6-year-olds, Kerr said she couldn’t be a mom and a principal and work well at both positions.
In making her decision, she said: “I was respectful of what the position needed and respectful of what I needed to do.”
The boys are now in kindergarten and Kerr and her husband Keven, are ready to watch them grow into adulthood.
“I’m so looking forward to each phase; each phase comes with new stuff,” she said.
Kerr was born in Omaha, but spent her early years in Elmwood Park, Illinois. Her family moved back to Nebraska, and she attended junior high, high school and college there but knew she wanted to move back to Illinois.
She had a friend who lived in Orland Park and helped her select communities to apply to for teaching jobs. She was Miss Cardillo then and thrilled to land a third grade teaching position at Churchill School. She had that position for eight years.
“I always knew I wanted to teach. It’s an amazing career,” Kerr said.
But she left the classroom to become the Response to Intervention coordinator at Churchill. She did that job for four years before moving into the assistant principal job for two years. She is now in her third year as principal.
She has former students come back to visit or ask advice.
“That’s the part that brings such joy – to know you made an impact on them and they remember you. I always talk about wanting to do good things in the world and to instill that and send them out to their next phase. Now I’ll do it with my own boys,” she said.