Frank Heelan grew up in the Elmhurst, Queens County section of New York City, attended Xavier High School in Manhattan, earned a baccalaureate from Fordham University, a Masters from NYU, and a doctorate from Columbia University. He was a Teacher of History at Power Memorial High School in New York City, and Dobbs Ferry in Westchester County. For more than 25 years Frank Heelan served as Superintendent of Schools for Tuxedo Park School District in New York and Manville School District in New Jersey. As a retired educator, he was elected as a Board Member and served as President of Edison School District, a New Jersey City of 17,000 students. Ecstatically married to his wife, Ann, they have been blessed with four children and eleven grandchildren.