Kristen Swanson

Building Level Specialist

San Francisco, NM

Interests: 21st century learning,...

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A Tribute to Dawn Hochsprung, a Connected Educator

Dawn-- how I wish we had known each other. I think I could have learned a lot from you.

I can still remember the evening of December 13, 2012. I was reading articles on my iPad, including the Harvard Business Review Blog. Although I didn’t know it at the time, Dawn Hochsprung was doing the same thing a few states away. In fact, she even tweeted an article about leadership and beating stress that night.


The next day, we both went to our respective schools to help teachers and kids. On that day, Dawn proved to be the ultimate leader, putting her students ahead of herself. Dawn’s story and Dawn’s courage during the tragedy at Sandy Hook have continued to inspire me over the course of the year.


Dawn gave everything she had that day, but Dawn was the kind of person who gave everything she had every day. Dawn was a connected educator. She read Connected Principals, followed ASCD on Twitter, and shared amazing pictures of her students learning on social media. She never stopped learning or reading or caring.


So, as we honor Dawn’s memory today, let’s keep:

  • Connecting to each other

  • Putting kids first in every tweet, plan, and action

  • Staying positive

  • Being courageous

Dawn-- how I wish we had known each other. I think I could have learned a lot from you.

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Mark_Barnes

20 Dec 13, 12:19 PM

A marvelous and well-deserved tribute. Thanks for this thoughtful post, Kristen.
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