Hochsprung Center Announces Founding Director, Holds Inaugural Event

October 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

TROY, NY - The Sage Colleges is proud to host Leadership, Violence and School Climate: A Breakfast and Keynote Discussion on Friday, October 11, from 9 -11 a.m. in Bush Memorial Center on the Russell Sage campus in Troy. This is the inaugural event for the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety. The center was established in honor of Dawn Hochsprung who was principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School and a doctoral candidate in Sage’s Educational Leadership program when she lost her life in the Newtown, CT shooting in December 2012.

Keynote speaker is Kyle Blanchfield, President and CEO of the Northern New York Centers for Conflict Resolution. She teaches courses on education law; conflict resolution; leadership and school violence; and leadership and school climate.

The mission of the center is to explore, develop and share solutions that promote the mental health of each child and safe learning environments for all children.

“Sage recognizes how important it is to bring people from diverse backgrounds together to facilitate an exchange of ideas on ways in which we can identify avenues and best practices for schools and communities to work with children with mental health issues, as well as maintain a safe environment in which all children can learn,” explained Lori Quigley, dean of the Esteves School of Education.

The event is by invitation only. For more information contact the center at (518) 244-2288 or hochsprungcenter@sage.edu.


Sage is also pleased to announce the appointment of Ann Myers as the director of the Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung Center for the Promotion of Mental Health and School Safety. Myers was founding director of the doctoral program in Educational Leadership, Esteves School of Education at the Sage Colleges and continues to serve as an associate professor.

She was a former district superintendent of Questar III BOCES, K-12 teacher and administrator. Myers is co-author of Leadership 360, a blog for Education Week and was recently named recipient of the 2013 Harriet Rifkin Award for Leadership by the Capital District Women’s Employment and Resource Center. She has a doctorate in Education from Columbia University, a master’s in History/Social Studies from SUNY Albany and a bachelor’s in History/Social Studies from the College of Saint Rose in Albany.

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