A lifelong resident of Jersey City, Noreen Feehan was a faithful parishioner of St. Peters Church serving as a Eucharistic minister, a lector and sacristan until St. Peters, where she had been baptized in 1941, closed in 2009. She now attends nearby Our Lady of Czestochowa Church. As a youngster, Noreen knew she wanted to be a teacher. After graduating from St. Peter Parochial School and St. Dominic Academy, she began her career preparation, majoring in English with a minor in Education at New Jersey City University. After completing a Bachelor of Arts and certification in Secondary Education, she began teaching at Ferris High School in Jersey City while continuing her studies in the evening at New York University. After receiving a Master of Arts in English at NYU, she returned to NJCU to obtain her certification in Administration and Supervision and to complete a doctoral equivalence in Urban Education. After her years as a student at NJCU, Noreen remained as an adjunct professor in the evening division relating easily to the adults who, like herself, journeyed to class after working all day to fulfill their professional goals.
During this time Noreen had transferred to Abraham Lincoln High School where taught for 18 years before being assigned Lincoln’s Vice Principal, a position she held for 7 years before being appointed Principal of the Wakeman School (PS # 6). A firm believer that education is the greatest gift we can give young people, Noreen worked diligently during her 25 years at Lincoln, an inner city school, helping students to obtain scholarships and financial aid to attain college. She also co-founded the Pre-College Academic Program at St Peter’s University which afforded students the opportunity to attend courses on Saturdays and during the summer. Through this partnership, students experience study in a college setting, receiving invaluable guidance in developing their potential and gaining insight into the professional areas best suited to their interests and abilities.
After retiring from active duty in the Jersey City School District in 1999, she served as a consultant, monitoring new principals, and coordinating Great Ideas in Science, a program sponsored by a grant from Montclair State University, which provided professional development for Elementary teachers to enrich their science lessons.
Now, fully retired, she has the time to travel and visit nearby New York City plays and Museums, her favorite leisure activities. She feels blessed to have helped many young people to experience the educational preparation which led to successful professional careers. Noreen is especially proud that so many of her former students are now teachers and administrators in the Jersey City schools, giving back to the community and inspiring their students to achieve future career success