Alumni News: John Fitzsimons (’83) and Sarah Noel (’05)

John Fitzsimons, who received his Ph.D. from GSE in 1983, was recently elected interim superintendent of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District, after the retirement of predecessor Dr. Leroy Seitz.  
Dr. Fitzsimons started his academic career in 1963 as a sixth-grade teacher at the Island Trees Union School District in New York. He later taught math, then English/language arts. In 1978 he became the elementary school principal and the middle school assistant principal at the Pomperaug Regional School District in Connecticut. He was promoted to assistant superintendent/director of instruction in 1981 and four years later he was named the superintendent of schools.
Over the next 26 years, Fitzsimons served as superintendent in school districts in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey. After retiring in 2011 he began working as an educational consultant and has had articles published in various academic publications.
Fitzsimons has been an adjunct professor at Fordham University Graduate School of Education and a presenter at the American Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, the American Association of School Administrators, and the National Council of Teachers of English.
He is on the Board of Directors and a faculty member for the National Principals Leadership Institute. In 1998 he was awarded the Rotary International Humanitarian Award and in 1995 he was given the Outstanding Educator Award from Fordham University.
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Sarah Noel [FCRH’ 02 (Psychology), GSE ’05 (Mental Health Counseling)] is a licensed Mental Health Professional working with teens and adults, as well as a Person-Centered Topic Expert publishing monthly online articles for In her most recent article, “Golden Rule of Self Care: Be As Kind To Yourself As You Are To A Friend,” published on June 10th, 2013, Sarah offers advice on weathering the rough patches in life without being too hard on yourself.
Click here to read the full article and here to read more about Sarah (including links to her past articles). Stay tuned for new GoodTherapy article links here!


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