School Climate & Safety

‘Show Me Your Smile’

By Nirvi Shah — December 18, 2012 1 min read

On Dec. 14, six members of the faculty and 20 1st graders at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., were killed at the hands of a violent gunman intent on doing harm.

During an interfaith vigil at the Newtown High School two days later, President Barack Obama quoted scripture and tried to console the town and its families. He highlighted the bravery of the staff who tried to safeguard their young charges, with some sacrificing their lives in the process.

“We know that there were other teachers who barricaded themselves inside classrooms, and kept steady through it all, and reassured their students by saying ‘Wait for the good guys, they’re coming,’ the President said. “‘Show me your smile’.”

Here are some of those smiles.


Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung, 47
School Principal

Mary Sherlach, 56
School Psychologist

Victoria ‘Vicki’ Soto, 27
First Grade Teacher

Lauren Rousseau, 30
Teacher

Olivia Engel, 6
Student

Dylan Hockley, 6
Student

Jesse Lewis, 6
Student

Josephine Gay, 7
Student

Ana Marquez-Greene, 6
Student

Grace McDonnell, 7
Student

Emilie Parker, 6
Student

Jack Pinto, 6
Student

Noah Pozner, 6
Student

Jessica Rekos, 6
Student

Avielle Richman, 6
Student

Benjamin Wheeler, 6
Student

Allison Wyatt, 6
Student
Charlotte Bacon, 6
Student
Daniel Barden, 7
Student
Rachel DaVino, 29
Behavioral Therapist
Madeleine Hsu, 6
Student
Catherine Hubbard, 6
Student
Chase Kowalski, 7
Student
James Mattioli, 6
Student
Anne Marie Murphy, 52
Special Education Teacher
Caroline Previdi, 6
Student
Note: We will update this list with additional photos as they become available.
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A version of this news article first appeared in the District Dossier blog.