Dawn Hochsprung, the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed in Friday’s school massacre, had just begun her doctoral candidacy at Sage Graduate College in August, according to a statement released today by the college administration. She was enrolled in the doctoral program in education leadership.
“She was vibrant, full of life, and loved her school community. She was truly a caring administrator,” said Lori V. Quigley, dean of the Esteves School of Education. “She had enrolled in the doctoral program because of her desire to expand her school leadership expertise.”
Hochsprung was described as “a principal you’d want your children to have,” according to people who knew her locally: Quigley, her advisor, Bob Bradley, faculty and peers.
Hochsprung lived in Connecticut and drove to the Troy campus every weekend for the highly competitive program, said Quigley.
“We only accept 15 into each cohort a year,” she said.
The group was apparently amazed that Hochsprung was willing to travel so far on a regular basis for her studies.
“She is one person I do remember,” said Quigley. “She had such an exuberant smile. It was an infectious smile.”
Quigley emailed her cohort members Friday afternoon, reminding them that although they only knew Hochsprung for a short time, they should remember “how she enriched our lives for that short time.”
“It’s been a hard day,” said Quigley. “It’s been a very hard day.”