Sage to Establish Center in Honor of Sandy Hook Principal

February 1, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Albany, NY – The Esteves School of Education at The Sage Colleges will honor Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program, who was killed in the December shooting in Newtown, CT.

In response to the outpouring of grief and generosity that followed this tragic event, Sage has created the Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Fund. Through discussions with her colleagues in the doctoral program and her family members, it was decided that the most appropriate and impactful way to honor Dawn's life and legacy is to establish a center in the Esteves School of Education, to be called the Dawn Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety.

"As educators, we see the need for more resources in schools to address mental health issues and provide a safe environment for children that is most conducive to learning," said Lori V. Quigley, dean of the Esteves School of Education.

"The idea for a center was born out of a desire to honor Dawn and to do what we can to prevent something like this from happening again," said Sage President Susan C. Scrimshaw. "Safety is about more than locking doors. It is about teaching our children self respect and respect for others. It is about ensuring those who need mental health support receive it in a supportive environment.”

"It makes sense for Sage to become a national leader in this area by integrating our education programs with many of our other programs," Scrimshaw says. "This could include Creative Arts Therapy, Counseling and Community Psychology, Law and Society, Theatre Institute programs on bullying, and the new Public Policy and Civic Engagement (PACE) program, as well as our Academy for Character Education."

Hochsprung will be further honored with the conferral of her Ed.D. with her cohort in May 2015.

To give to the Dawn Hochsprung Memorial Fund, visit

The Sage community will join together for a memorial service to honor Hochsprung on Saturday, February 9 at 2 p.m. in the Opalka Gallery on the Sage College of Albany campus. The memorial service, which is open to the Sage community and invited guests, will include members of the educational leadership faculty and her cohort sharing their memories of Hochsprung, as well as a musical program and time for reflection.


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