Michael F. Shaughnessy and Delia Stafford -
Each year , around this time, we honor a number of individuals who, in our estimation, have contributed greatly to education, in the United States of America , and around the world.
While we have received a great many nominations, there are a few individuals in Newtown, Connecticut who have given their lives in the cause of education and the protection of students.
There are these words ….”Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
These children were more than friends- they were students and pupils in a school.
This year, we honor the following individuals, who gave their lives for their pupils and in the service of education :
Dawn Hochsprung (6/28/65), Principal of the School , 47 years old, female
Rachel Davino ( 7/17/83), Behavioral Therapist, 29 years old, female
Anne Marie Murphy (7/25/60), Special Education Teacher , 52 years old, female
Lauren Rousseau (June 1982), Permanent Substitute Teacher, 30 years old, female
Mary Sherlach (2/11/56), School Psychologist, 56 years old, female
Victoria Soto (11/04/85), First Grade Teacher, 27 years old, female
The names and birth dates of the children follow :
Charlotte Bacon (2/22/06), 6 years old, female
Daniel Barden (9/25/05), 7 years old, male
Olivia Engel (7/18/06), 6 years old, female
Josephine Gay (12/11/05), 7 years old, female
Ana M. Marquez-Greene (4/4/06), 6 years old, female
Dylan Hockley (3/8/06), 6 years old, male
Madeleine F. Hsu (7/10/06), 6 years old, female
Catherine V. Hubbard (6/8/06), 6 years old, female
Chase Kowalski (10/31/05), 7 years old, male
Jesse Lewis (6/30/06), 6 years old, male
James Mattioli (03/22/06), 6 years old, male
Grace McDonnell (11/4/05), 7 years old, female
Emilie Parker (05/12/06), 6 years old, female
Jack Pinto (05/05/06), 6 years old, male
Noah Pozner (11/20/06), 6 years old, male
Caroline Previdi (9/07/06), 6 years old, female
Jessica Rekos (5/10/06), 6 years old, female
Avielle Richman (11/17/06) 6 years old, female
Benjamin Wheeler (09/12/06), 6 years old, male
Allison N. Wyatt (07/03/06), 6 years old, female
No words can possibly express the grief, and tears that have been shed for these teachers, and their principal,who gave their lives for their pupils.
No words can possibly console the families who have lost children. No words can assist the siblings that have lost brothers and sisters.
No amount of condolences can possibly heal the pain of relatives who have lost loved ones.
We honor the principal, the school psychologist, the teachers and staff members, and we grieve with those who have lost loved ones.
Upton Sinclair winners for 2012 also include; First responders for their courage and on-going assistance in the little town where Sandy Hook Elementary School of Newtown, CT , took a worldwide human race to its knees. Bless Be the Tie That Binds Our Hearts.
PREVIOUS UPTON SINCLAIR AWARD WINNERS
2005: Gerald Bracey, Nicholas Colangelo, Elaine Garan, Martin Haberman, Jonathan Kozol, Peter and Pam Wright, Reid Lyon;
2006: John Stossel, Jan and Bob Davidson, Peyton Wolcott, Fred Baughman, M.D., Will Fitzhugh, Joel Turtel, Bernard Gassaway, Ned Davis, Her Highness Sheikah Mozah Bint Nasser Al Missned, “All the Children of the World”;
2007: Sean Hannity, Don Meyer, Ron Clark, Frank Wang, Harry and Rosemary Wong, Tracey McGrady, Dr. Eldo W. Bergman, Queen Rania of Jordan, Celeste Roseberry-McKibbin, Ph.D., G. Gbaanador, MD, FACS, FICS, Bill Cecil, Here’s to the Upton School Principals of America;
2008: Harold V. House, Kathleen Chamberlain, Dee Alpert, Kevin Donnelly, Dona Matthews, Ph.D., Aisha Ussery, Collin Hannaford, Andrew Rotherham, Jim Zellmer., JoAnn Collins;
2009: E.D. Hirsch, Jay Mathews, John Goodlad, Billy Reagan, Geoffrey Canada, Frerick Hess Jay Hartling;
2010:Tom Watkins, Marlena Vaughn, Susan Ohanian, Dr. Marion Blank, Neal McCluskey, Ernest Boyer (Posthumously), Mr. Pierre Fignole, Chris Woodhead, Diane Ravitch, Ph.D.