Noonan, Sarah J. 1949–

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Noonan, Sarah J. 1949–

PERSONAL: Born January 10, 1949, in Minneapolis, MN; daughter of Richard (an electrical contractor) and Mary (a realtor; maiden name, Johnston) Noonan; children: Jessica Noonan, Johanna M. Smith, Elizabeth N. Smith. Ethnicity: "Caucasian." Education: College of St. Thomas, M.A.T., 1971, Ed.S., 1991; University of Wyoming, Ed.D., 1996. Hobbies and other interests: Decorating, walking, travel, cooking.

ADDRESSES: Office—University of St. Thomas, 1000 LaSalle Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55403-2009. E-mail[email protected].

CAREER: Writer. State of Minnesota, St. Paul, state director of gifted education, 1985–91; Teton County Schools, Jackson, WY, began as assistant superintendent, became superintendent, 1992–96; School District 742, St. Cloud, MN, assistant superintendent, 1996–97; School District of River Falls, River Falls, WI, superintendent, 1997–2000; University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, MN, associate professor of educational leadership, 2000–. Midwest Institute for Talented Youth, member; River Falls Public Library, member of board of directors, 1997–2000.

MEMBER: American Association of School Administrators, National Council of Professors of Educational Administration, State Directors of Gifted Education (national secretary).

AWARDS, HONORS: Minnesota Educators of the Gifted and Talented Leadership Award, 1991, named Friend of the Gifted, 2001.


The Elements of Leadership: What You Should Know, Scarecrow Press (Lanham, MD), 2003.

Contributor to periodicals, including School Administrator and Gifted Child Today.



School Administrator, September, 2004, Zach Kelehear, review of The Elements of Leadership: What You Should Know, p. 64.