FAIRFAX — Bellows Free Academy Fairfax’s new principal is none other than one of their very own Bullets: social studies teacher Liz Noonan was unanimously voted in as their new leader on Thursday night.

“It feels amazing to receive this position,” Noonan said. “It’s really nice to be supported by my peers, and I’m excited for all of the colleagues I’ll get to work with in the future.”

A traveller at heart with a mind for adventure, Noonan said she was excited at the “huge leap” of a transition and was already dreaming up ways to customize her new office downstairs from her classroom.

“This will be vastly different from working with students one-on-one,” Noonan said. “I’m looking forward to overseeing a vision for the school and for all of us moving forward.”

Instead of grading papers and assigning projects, Noonan said she would be calling on her extensive background in humanity and communication, using her skills in psychology and communication to build an evermore purposeful school family.

“Now, my methods aren’t just for one classroom,” Noonan said. “They can be for all of the classrooms.”

The key to a cohesive school environment, administration and team of educators, Noonan said, was to prioritize open communication.

“It’s about the ability to listen to one another,” Noonan said. “I’m not a defensive, hot-headed person. In our school and society as a whole, there’s a lot of noise. If we bring it around and just listen, things should just work out.”

Noonan said that she would miss her role at the front of the class and hopes that one day she can return to it in some form, but for now her eye is on Fairfax’s graduation, and watching her students finally cross the finish line that they have worked tirelessly to reach.

“I’m excited to see them going to their 'next' (adventure),"  Noonan said. “I want this graduation to be a very proud one. To watch students who have set themselves up for success, both during their time here and for when they leave.”

Noonan will be replacing John Tague who will be taking a position as interim superintendent for Franklin West Supervisory Union.

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