John Dolan

Principal for Sossaman Middle School: John Dolan
Dear SMS Parents and Community,

I am extremely honored to continue the traditions of academic and extra-curricular excellence at Sossaman Middle School. The vision of “Spartan Strong” can be seen in all facets of student life and I am looking forward to continuing this tradition as we move forward into the future.

My educational journey began twenty five years ago. I graduated from Hofstra University with a dual-major in History and Education and minor in Psychology. I was blessed to not only receive a stellar education, but to play a sport I love, baseball, at the collegiate level. I continued on to earn my Master’s Degree from Adelphi University in Social Studies Education. I then earned a second Master’s Degree in Administration from Northern Arizona University when I moved from New York to Arizona. I consider myself a lifelong learner and I continue to attend classes, seminar, and conferences, as I do not believe you can know ever enough about supporting and implementing strong educational practices.

I have had the privilege of working in the classroom for 13 years, on ball fields for over 20 years and, most recently, in administrative offices. The past nine years have prepared me to take on this new and exciting challenge, as I have been an Assistant Principal over Activities as well as Curriculum in Arizona and in California. In each and every endeavor, the message I try to share with students is that they need to choose to be part of their educational success. Every single student CAN learn and it is our responsibility to determine the best and most effective method. 

I would not be who I am today if not for my family. My wife, Jocelyn, provides me with the support and the encouragement needed to truly be the best person I can be. In my “spare time” I have the privilege of chasing my three year old daughter everywhere…around the house, at the park, and even now in the halls of Sossaman Middle School. Let’s be honest…she is really the boss of the house.  

Again, I am looking forward to the opportunities ahead to work with the staff, students, parents, and the community to continue the growth and success at Sossaman Middle School. Go Spartans!

To contact Mr. John Dolan please contact (480) 279.8513 or email