Reflecting On Today’s Tragedy

Brothers and Sisters,

We have been informed that our sister, Dawn Hochsprung was one of the many victims of today’s unthinkable tragedy. Hochsprung is described as a leader and innovator by those who knew her in her community. Our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to her family.

As principals, we consider the students who pass through our hallways and sit in our classrooms as our own, and Hochsprung was no different. It is clear in the way that she proudly tweeted only days before about students rehearsing for their upcoming winter concert. She loved her career and her students, just as she loved her family.

When a parent sends their child to school, they should never have to wonder whether or not they will return home safely. When a teacher steps into their classroom, they should never need to wonder if they will have to block a child from being shot in the middle of an algebra lesson. When a principal welcomes students arriving in the morning, they should never have to wonder if they will later be ushering these same students outside to escape an armed killer.

Moving forward as school administrators, we must come together more than ever and demand that our legislatures take action in response to this atrocity. We must ensure that proper safety measures are put into place to protect our students, teachers, and principals. Above all, we must take care of one another.

In Unity and Solidarity,

Diann Woodard