Discover Our Alumni - Kerri Doherty, Class of 2009

This 2009 GCP grad is a real renaissance woman – in every sense of the word! Since her graduation from Guerin, Kerri Doherty has filled these past eight years with continuing her education and seeking out life-changing challenges and experiences.

Kerri received her Bachelor’s degree from Dominican University in River Forest, where she double-majored in English Literature and European History, and minored in Catholic Studies and Medieval & Renaissance Studies.  Whew!

After graduating with Distinction and Honors from Dominican in 2013, Kerri ventured to York, England and began her Master’s Degree program at the University of York. Here she majored in Renaissance Literature.  Kerri noted that while most of her cohorts in the program chose playwrights and classical texts for their dissertation topics, she stretched herself and researched the socio-political works of the early sixteenth century. 

“Every day, I would walk through the medieval town and see the history that I was writing about,” said Kerri, and added, “It was a true privilege to call York my second home and I always look for any opportunity to go back to England.” 

Kerri graduated with her Master’s Degree from the University of York in 2015.  Her love of higher education led her to job opportunities at various colleges and universities, including the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, where she has been employed since returning from England two years ago. She works in the Office of Admissions and Outreach as the Communications & Outreach Coordinator for the department where she manages all of the communications initiatives and works closely with faculty and staff to highlight the various opportunities the school has to offer. 

As for the future, Kerri will continue to stay true to herself and that means continuing in the field of education.  She wants to get another Master’s Degree in either Higher Education or Organizational Leadership.  After that, she said, “I hope to go back for my PhD in English Literature in England and my ultimate long-range goal is to be an English Department Chair or Associate Dean in higher education.” 

When asked how her Guerin experience prepared her for college, Kerri said, “I always wanted to teach, but the guidance of faculty members like Mr. Szul and others, really pushed my educational goals forward.”  Kerri was also a student worker in the Advancement and Alumni Relations office and noted, “To me, the staff shaped everything that I’ve come to believe about hard work, dedication, and commitment to your school or institution.”

 As someone who works in higher education and with other high schools, Kerri noted that there are not many schools like Guerin College Prep where you will experience camaraderie and fellowship.   She added, “Academics are obviously important to me, but it’s the values that I learned at Guerin that I cherish the most – like what it takes to be a strong, dedicated, and compassionate advocate for education and the world.”

Her favorite Shakespeare quote, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” along with one of her favorite St. Mother Theodore Guerin quotes, “We cannot do our work if we all stay in the nest,” seem to have been her guiding forces and so far have proven successful!  Good luck, Kerri!  You make us proud!