Dez-Ann Romain Wiki – Dez-Ann Romain Biography
Dez-Ann Romain was a 36-year-old principal and of the first K-12 educators to die from COVID-19
A Brooklyn principal who led a school for students who had dropped out or are in danger of not graduating on time has become one of the first K-12 educators in the United States to die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
Dez-Ann Romain Age
She was 36 years old.
Principal Dez-Ann Romain Career
Dez-Ann Romain, 36, was the principal of the 190-student Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood.
Dez-Ann Romain Death
Romain’s death, which was announced Monday by the New York City union that represents principals, sent shockwaves through the city, in part because Romain was so young. New York City — which has become the largest epicenter of the virus in the U.S. — had closed schools to students on March 16, and teachers and principals continued to come to work for a few days after the closure. On Tuesday, a second Brooklyn principal whose school shared a campus with Romain’s school was hospitalized with pneumonia, possibly stemming from coronavirus, the New York Post reported.
Dez-Ann Romain Corona Virus
Several educators in the country have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, including a principal in Loudoun County, Va. Last week, a substitute teacher who worked in California’s Sacramento Unified school district died from the virus.
But Romain is thought to be the first full-time, front-line educator in K-12 to die from the disease.
“I am sorry to say, I think there will be a lot more educators falling ill,” said Ernest Logan, the president of the American Federation of School Administrators, the national union that represents principals, assistant principals, and other administrators across the country.
Though he did not know Romain personally, the news was difficult for Logan, a former New York City principal who worked in the Brownsville neighborhood.
It “takes a special person” to commit to leading a school that offers a second chance to students who have missed out on educational opportunities– often through no fault of their own, Logan said.
“We know one thing, they have to be extremely compassionate and caring, and above all, flexible. Stern but flexible,” he said. “That really requires additional strength,”
“You have to have it in your heart that these students can succeed,” he said. “And you have to have it in your heart that you would do anything to help them succeed when you run those schools. You have to live it; you have to truly live it.”
“Every job as a principal is a tough one, and there are some places where it’s tougher than others,” he added.
New York City Chancellor Richard Carranza said in a statement that the city’s education department would help the community through the loss.
“This is painful for all of us, and I extend my deepest condolences to the Brooklyn Democracy Academy community, and the family of Principal Romain,” Carranza said. “We’re all experiencing a deep sense of confusion, uncertainty and sadness and it’s more important than ever to provide support to one another. We’ll be there for the students and staff through whatever means necessary during this impossibly difficult time.”