Dr. Peter Noonan, Superintendent
In March 2012, Dr. Peter Noonan was named Superintendent of Fairfax City Schools and began serving in this capacity on July 1, 2012.
He began his career as a special education teacher at Roosevelt Middle School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was named Teacher of the Year in 1993. Dr. Noonan joined Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) in 2001 and most recently served as the assistant superintendent for the Instructional Services Department. Prior to this appointment in August 2007, he served as assistant principal at Langley High School, as principal at Lanier Middle School and Centreville High School, and as assistant superintendent for Cluster VII schools which include the Centreville, Chantilly, and Fairfax High School pyramids within the county.
Among his accomplishments, he received the Phi Delta Kappa 2008 Educator of the Year Award. Out of hundreds of possible candidates, Dr. Noonan’s leadership was featured in Young Leaders, Top Educators under 40 (Scholastic Administrator, February 2009). He was honored the Phi Delta Kappa Leadership Award in May 2012 for his outstanding leadership in FCPS.
Dr. Noonan has earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and completed studies to earn the education specialist designation in educational administration from that institution. In November, 2011, he completed his doctorate in education from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
Dr. Noonan has made numerous professional presentations, including workshops on establishing professional learning communities, providing extra time and support for students, and integrating technology into education. He is a coauthor of The Collaborative Administrator – Working Together as a Professional Learning Community as well as other publications.
Dr. Noonan is the proud father of Emily, grade 11, and Brylan, grade 7.
Dr. Phyllis Pajardo, Assistant Superintendent
Dr. Phyllis Pajardo joined the City of Fairfax Schools as Assistant Superintendent in August 2015 after retiring from Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).
Dr. Pajardo began as an elementary classroom teacher in 1981 and held a number of leadership positions throughout FCPS during her 34 year career. Dr. Pajardo became a consulting teacher, assistant principal, principal, staff developer, project manager, cluster director, and cluster assistant superintendent.
As a cluster director, she assisted with the oversight of 30 schools in the Westfield, Oakton, and South Lakes pyramids. She was later promoted to a cluster assistant superintendent where she was responsible for the instructional, management and administrative oversight of 27 schools in the Marshall, Madison, and Falls Church pyramids.
From 2011-2015, Dr. Pajardo was the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources for FCPS where she was responsible for recruiting, hiring and developing a diverse workforce for the district.
Dr. Pajardo earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Virginia (U.Va.) and her master’s in education from George Mason University (GMU). She completed her doctorate in education from U.Va. in 2009. She completed the executive leadership program for educators through the Curry School of Education and the Darden School of Business at U.Va. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in leadership preparation/development for GMU, UVA, and Virginia Tech as well as ASCD and has given presentations at national, state, and local conferences.
Susan Wiczalkowski, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the School Board
Susan Wiczalkowski is the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Clerk to the School Board for the City of Fairfax.
A native of Northern Virginia, Susan graduated advanced studies from Prince William County Schools. She received her Associates in Applied Sciences from Northern Virginia Community College.
Susan began her career with the City of Fairfax in 1993 serving as the Administrative Assistant to the Fire Chief in the City’s Fire Department. She received Outstanding Performance Recognition on two separate occasions and also received the Fire Department’s Employee of the Year. In 2008, she was promoted to an Accounting Specialist in the City’s Finance Department. Susan was thrilled to join the City of Fairfax Schools team in 2010.
Carrie Dorsey, Communications Specialist
Carrie Dorsey is the Communications Specialist for the City of Fairfax Schools.
After graduating from the University of California at Davis and earning her teaching credential from Sacramento State, Carrie began her career as a middle school history teacher in the Bay Area in California. After five years of teaching, Carrie joined a technology startup company in San Francisco and remained in tech marketing and public relations for the next ten years.
In 2004, Carrie and her husband moved to Northern Virginia and now have two children in the Fairfax County Public School system. Carrie is thrilled to combine both her previous careers in communications and education to work for the City of Fairfax Schools.