Kelly Ox27Brien Principal

Kelly O'Brien, Principal

ImageMrs. O’Brien graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Her areas of concentration were Learning Disabilities and Social/Emotional Disorders. She then obtained her Masters degree from Northern Illinois University in Curriculum and Instruction. Mrs. O’Brien’s administrative Type 75 certificate is from Aurora University. 


Mrs. O’Brien has been part of the U-46 community since 1983 when she began her career by teaching self-contained special education classes. After moving onto general education, Mrs. O’Brien taught 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. In 2005 Mrs. O’Brien became an Instructional Coach for the district, developing and delivering professional development to teachers in all U46 elementary schools. She enjoys working with adult students just as much as with children and has taught graduate courses to U46 teachers through Aurora University.


In 2013 Mrs. O'Brien helped develop and implement the Aspiring Administrators program for U-46 along with Andrea Erickson from the (TEI) Teacher Effectiveness Initiatives Office. Together they supported and provided professional development to Aspiring Administrator Interns and Assistant Principal/Aspiring Administrators.  Mrs. O’Brien has been the principal of Lowrie Elementary School since 2007. 

A note from Mrs. O’Brien...

I truly enjoy being part of the diverse Lowrie community. We are a group of learners: students, families, adults at school and community members who have the common goal of success for all of your students. The Lowrie staff and I work diligently to provide learning opportunities and support to all of our students so that they can be prepared for high school, college and the workplace. 


Lowrie staff set high expectations for all students academically and social/emotionally. Please feel free to contact me at any time by phone (847-888-5260), email ( or in person at Lowrie.