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Today is the birthday of Dawn Hochsprung.

Our hearts break for her daughters, grandchildren, family, friends and school community.

There are no words of thanks that can adequately capture our feelings for Dawn's heroic acts on 12/14. There are no words of sorrow that can capture our feelings of loss, shock, trauma or grief.

I knew her, personally. For 4 months. That's not a long time. But she wasn't one of those people that you needed to know a long time to know she would have done exactly everything she could to protect the school and students she adored.

Of this, there is no doubt.

May we be mindful and always remembering that our public school administrators, staff and teachers often make and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifices for our students. Large and small.

In honor of Dawn, may you eat chocolate. And may you remember her saying, "Be nice to each other. It's really all that matters".

We remember you, Dawn. And we will not forget.

You're not gone you're still here
With me all the time
You're still here
When I close my eyes
I still see you
I still feel you
And we'll never be apart
You're still here
Still here in my heart
In my heart.- j Hudson

Nelba Mรกrquez-Greene
Founder, Executive Director and Spokesperson
The Ana Grace Project
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18 hours ago   ·  1
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Neasa WaalerShe was incredible and I always remember her talking so dearly about her family. She loved them so. There are few that bring the love and enthusiasm that Dawn brought. She will never be forgotten.

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Anahid KhachoyanThank you for reminding us of her birthday... Her heroism and that of the other staff that day was gut wrenching and heart warming all at the same time. Humanity needs more people with such pure, unselfish hearts that encourage kindness and inclusion of one and all.

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Shelley BamfordSuch an inspirational lady. I for one have taken her words and instill them into my young daughters, every day. My thoughts today are with her heartbroken family, friends and colleagues and students, by whom she was clearly highly respected and loved. The world is much poorer through the loss of this committed, passionate and brave educator, wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. May her loved ones find some comfort in knowing her name is spoken the world over. Love from England xx

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Melanie DawsonShe was and is a hero, in the minds and hearts of so many of us around the country and world. Thank you for posting this, and for reminding us it's her birthday. My family's thoughts are with hers on this day.

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Geraldine JackmanThank you for your beautiful words, miss her everyday ๐Ÿ’š

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Mary Warmbrodsad at her death, & grateful for her life & the loving memories she left.

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Susan CizekThank you for the beautiful words

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DeeDee HillShe was the best!!!

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Joan Fontano SchmidtNever forget

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Jennifer Bailey๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

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Shari O'Reilly๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

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Kevin J AnzellottiCould not be put any better !! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ˜

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Brenda Simpsonโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

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Moriah Woolworth๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ™

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Shelby RogersPrecious woman

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Welcome to #Soulfulsunday at #TheAnaGraceProject!

I have never met a parent who does not love and want what is best for their child. It doesn't matter how much money they have, what color their skin is, what their ethnic/cultural background is, where or how they live, what traumas they have survived or the nature of their relationship with the child's other parent.

I have told this to many parents and kids throughout the course of my work as an LMFT. Just yesterday I had a session with a dad and one of his daughters and repeated my thought several times before they left the office. Society, family, friends, social media, the news, and our own internal narratives would have us believe that there is always something we could be doing better or differently. While this message isn't false, it can quickly manifest a belief that we are inherently bad parents and therefore must not love our children.

Do you know how many parents I have met who have only ever heard what they are doing wrong along with stacks of evidence supporting the "fact" that they do not love or want what is best for their children? Too many. I invite you all to sit with this idea that I have found to be true; every parent does and says what they do from a loving place (sometimes buried quite deep, but nevertheless there) because they want what is best for their child.

It is quite possible that we unintentionally harm our children physically and emotionally in the ways that we love them, but there is no doubt in my mind that love is always at the core. When #lovewins we realize that our own crap is impacting how we go about loving our kids and we reach out for help to heal our selves and our relationships with them. May you have the courage to pause and look inward to begin the work of healing. A great place to find a trained professional in your geographic area (in the US and Canada) to walk with you in this journey is psychologytoday.com

๐Ÿ’— Lauren Pedersen, LMFT
AGP Clinical Consultant and SBCS Implementation Specialist
Lpedersen@anagraceproject.org
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Cheryl T MoulthropVery true. It makes a world of difference

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We are blessed and broken to be traveling to Canada to accept the "Key to the Centre" award at the The University of Winnipeg this weekend.

This award replenishes the bursary (scholarship) started in Ana Grace's name for a student in the department of Marriage and Family Therapy.

So many people Love and Remember us with good work in her name.

Thank you for this honor , Winnipeg, Manitoba.

See you soon! ๐Ÿ’œ
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Karla PennerIt was beautiful to have you at the celebration yesterday.

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Corina SellnerWelcome home!

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Barbara Lynch FowlerGreen bracelet is my fav. Always running my hand over it .... and Love Wins !

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Gloria Mickens๐Ÿ˜‡love๐Ÿ’œ

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Carla ButlerTruely amazing!!!

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Cheryl T Moulthrop๐Ÿ’œLove Winning again

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Jessica CaitlynCan't wait to see you again!! ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

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It was an honor to present at the Connecticut Association of Schools today at their annual summer symposium.

I'm telling you. I stand among giants in education, mental health, learning and loving.

And thank you SERC - State Education Resource Center of CT!

Nelba ๐Ÿ’œ
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Amanda PickettThank you for your heartfelt message, inspiration, and honest look at the hard work ahead!

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Christine GenschNelba you look amazing. Love wins ๐Ÿ’œ

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#WondrousWednesdays

What is SEL?

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

At the Ana Grace Project's Love Wins Partner Schools initiative we are working closely with our partners (CSDNB, Klingberg & CCSU) to include our core values & SEL in our Partner Schools. This includes professional development opportunities for school staff and clinical partners. We will continue to share more in the days and weeks to come. Enjoy a well deserved summer break to our school staff!

#LoveWins ๐Ÿ’œ

Dr. Noel Casiano
AGP Program Coordinator
School Based Clinical Services

(Image courtesy of casel, the gold standard in SEL). ๐Ÿฅ‡
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Because you can't learn, you can't grow, you can't anything... if you don't laugh.

Thank you for this video most teachers can relate with. And happy, healthy summer break!!!

Introducing... Mrs. Barilla!
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