Dawn Hochsprung, the principal at Sandy Hook Elementary, was known for her playful passion and infectious laugh. Last month she dressed up as the Sandy Hook Book Fairy, wearing a crown and a dress that lighted up, to inspire kids to read.
She was always enthusiastic, always smiling, always game to do anything, said Kristin Larson, former PTA secretary. When I saw her at the beginning of the school year, she was hugging everyone.
She was an educator, Larson said, her voice choked with emotion as she spoke by phone. She wanted them to do well in school, but she also wanted them to have fun.
Diane Day, a therapist at the school, told the Wall Street Journal she was in a meeting with Hochsprung about 9:30 a.m. when they heard shots. Hochsprung and a school psychologist ran toward the sound of the gunfire, Day said.
William Glass, a deputy school superintendent in Danbury, told the Stamford Advocate on Friday that he had received confirmation that Hochsprung was one of the adults killed at the school.
She had a tremendous intellect and a wonderful way with children, he said.
Hochsprung, 47, was married and the mother of two daughters and three stepdaughters, according to a 2010 Newtown Bee article.
On Twitter, she kept her 1,000 followers informed of school happenings.
A number of her tweets were accompanied by photos of a school she seemed proud to show off.
A photo she tweeted Oct. 17 showed her students lined up outside for an evacuation drill. Safety first at Sandy Hook, she wrote.