Kate Kane

Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School




About Kate Kane

Kate Kane is the principal at Mary Gage Peterson Elementary School (Peterson), an extremely diverse neighborhood elementary school in North Park whose students represent multiple ethnicities and speak over 40 different languages. Kate became Principal of Peterson in 2014.  Since that time, with the collaboration of an amazing team of educators, student growth in reading and mathematics increased, attendance increased, suspensions decreased, and Peterson moved from “Not Yet Organized” to “Well Organized for Success.”

As a result of a transformative experience as a counselor in Belize, Kate learned that she wanted to work with kids and support them to make a difference in their lives through education.  Since returning from Belize, Kate has worked in public education in Washington D.C. and Chicago since 2002, earning her Masters in Education from The George Washington University Graduate School of Education in 2003 and her National Board Certification in English Language Arts in 2008.  Kate started her career in administration in Chicago as a resident principal with New Leaders for New Schools in 2010.

Kate is excited to be a part of the Educator Advisory Committee (EAC) because she believes that in order for education to truly reform and serve students, it takes a group of people learning from each other and working together toward a common vision with transparency and truth.