I’m inspired today as we begin 2013, by a woman named Donna Pagé .  Donna is the new interim principal of Sandy Hook Elementary School where 20 students and 6 staff members were tragically murdered on Dec. 14.

Donna held this same job for 14 years before retiring in 2010. 

“She’s amazing. She’s an extremely strong woman,” a parent Karen Dryer told ABCNews.com. “She is the perfect person to come in and take control and lead this school and staff forward.”

“She could be a tough one, but she does everything completely out of love. That’s why she stepped forward and came out of retirement. She loves the school, she loves the staff. The staff all know her and respect her and she knows a lot of the kids because she only just retired a couple of years ago.”

Parents were wondering who could possibly take the position until they got a voicemail from Donna reintroducing herself and saying that when she heard [about the shooting] she knew it was the calling that she needed to come out of retirement and take the position of head of school,” Dryer said.

“I want parents and families enduring the loss of their precious children to know their loved ones are foremost in our hearts and minds as we move forward,” Page wrote in a letter to the school community about the first day back to school. “We recognize your needs are paramount in our preparations and planning. Your strength and compassion has been, and will continue to be an inspiration to me and countless others as we work to honor the memory of your precious children and our beloved staff.”

Donna is such a great example of embracing surprise gifts in surprise packages.I’m sure her life was full as is, but in a time when duty called, she answered.

What opportunities are calling your name this year? Perhaps even out of tragedy and disappointments you will be called upon to step in and be someone’s dream-come-true.  We should all have such an honor.

My heart is anticipating a great year and I look forward to the journey with you!

Sandy Hook Elementary School Principle Donna Pagé  (Photo courtesy of Eliza Hallabeck/The Newtown Bee)

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