Lauren Rousseau was a substitute teacher at several schools, including Sandy Hook Elementary School. "Lauren wanted to be a teacher from before she even went to kindergarten," her mother, Teresa Rousseau wrote in a statement. "We will miss her terribly and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream."
DANBURY — Lauren Rousseau wanted to be a teacher before she even attended kindergarten.
Rousseau, 30, had worked her entire life toward that goal, graduating from Danbury High School and UConn, earning a master’s degree from the University of Bridgeport and working as a substitute teacher in Danbury, New Milford and Newtown before being hired in November as a permanent substitute at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
She was teaching Friday when a gunman forced his way into the school and killed Rousseau, five other adults and 20 children, her family said Saturday.
Teresa Rousseau, Lauren’s mother, said state police confirmed at 1 a.m. Saturday that Lauren Rousseau was among those killed.
Teaching, Teresea Rousseau said, was a lifelong dream for Lauren.
“We will miss her terribly,” Rousseau said, “and will take comfort knowing that she had achieved that dream.”
Lauren Gabrielle Rousseau was born June 8, 1982, in Danbury, where she lived for most of her life, her family said in a statement.
Jeanne Leblanc, a longtime family friend who said Lauren Rousseau’s mother was still too distraught to speak to reporters, stood Saturday afternoon at the back door of the Osborne Street house where Lauren Rousseau grew up and politely worked to deflect media attention away from the family.
“It’s about the worst thing,” Leblanc said. “Of course it’s been a difficult day.”