Peter Noonan, EdD, is superintendent of Fairfax City schools in Virginia. Previously, he was the assistant superintendent for instructional services for Fairfax County Public Schools. His focus is working to ensure that all schools in his division have strong collaborative teams that support the highest levels of learning and incorporate 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity) seamlessly.
Dr. Noonan began his career as a special education teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he also served as dean of students and chair of the special education department. He moved into the administrative ranks in 1997 and has been an assistant principal and principal at the middle and high school levels. He first implemented Professional Learning Communities at Work™ concepts as a principal. As an adjunct professor at Virginia Tech and George Mason University, Dr. Noonan taught graduate courses with a focus on instruction and assessment for preK–12 classrooms.
In 2009, he was named one of the Top 10 Educators in America under the age of 40 by Scholastic Administrator. Dr. Noonan was also named 2010 Educator of the Year by Phi Delta Kappa for the Northern Virginia region.
He earned a doctorate from Virginia Tech, and received a master of arts (in education and special education) and bachelor of university studies from the University of New Mexico. He also attended the University of Essex in Colchester, England, where he completed advanced study of contemporary British and Shakespearean literature.