Hochsprung_Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung

 

Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung was the principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and a member of Cohort 6 of Sage College’s Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership. On December 14, 2012, she and twenty-five others, were victims of one of the nation’s most tragic school shootings.

 

 

Vision Statement

It is a responsibility shared by all to ensure our schools are places where children and the adults who work with them are safe to learn and grow. Our vision is
inspired by the life of Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, the 2012 principal of Sandy Hook
Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. By honoring her sacrifice, we work to
advance her legacy.

Mission Statement

The Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety will explore, develop and share solutions that support the mental health of each child and safe school environments to maximize opportunities for teaching and learning. 


Driving Forces

The Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety, founded in 2012, exists in the national context described by:  

  • 1 in 4 Americans suffer a diagnosable mental illness in a given year
  • 60% of people with mental health issues do not receive treatment
  • Childhood mental illnesses affect up to 1 in 5 children between the ages of 3 and 17 and cost $247 billion per year in medical bills, special education and juvenile justice
  • Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook Elementary School, University of Texas at Austin, Columbine High School, Chardon High School, Oikos University: 97 victims killed, 6 shooters killed 

Contact Us

The Sage Colleges
Esteves School of Education
37 First Street
Troy, NY 12180
(518) 244-2257
hochsprungcenter@sage.edu

 

Ann Myers, Ed.D, Director
(518) 244-3164
myersa1@sage.edu

Melissa Slater, M.S.,  Graduate Research Fellow
slatem2@sage.edu

For Donations to the Center

Sage.edu/HonorDawn