36-Year Old School Principal From Brooklyn Dies From Coronavirus 1.65k Share Tweet Pin Mail

Nationwide — Dez-Ann Romain, the 36-year old prin­ci­pal of the Brooklyn Democracy Academy in New York City has died from coro­n­avirus com­pli­ca­tions. Reportedly, she is the first city pub­lic school employ­ee to con­tract and die from COVID-19.

The acad­e­my is a trans­fer school for over-age/un­der-cred­it­ed stu­dents, locat­ed in the Brooklyn bor­ough. According to her col­leagues, Romain was a ded­i­cat­ed com­mu­ni­ty ser­vant that “gave her entire self” to the school and the entire com­mu­ni­ty “and it did not mat­ter how incred­i­bly com­plex a prob­lem was.”

She was known to reg­u­lar­ly stop and talk to every stu­dent that she passed in the hall­ways in between class­es. Also, back in March 2019, she was hon­ored by Brooklyn’s Borough President Eric Adams for her enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­ni­ty, cul­ture, and edu­ca­tion.

The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators (CSA) issued a pub­lic state­ment say­ing: “It is with pro­found sad­ness and over­whelm­ing grief that we announce the pass­ing of our sis­ter, CSA mem­ber Dezann Romain, Principal of Brooklyn Democracy Academy, due to com­pli­ca­tions from Coronavirus. Our prayers are with her fam­i­ly and school com­mu­ni­ty as we mourn along­side them. Please keep Principal Romain in your thoughts and con­tin­ue to do every­thing pos­si­ble to keep your­selves and your loved ones safe dur­ing this health crisis.”(bn.com)