Lauren Rousseau, 30, wanted so badly to be a teacher that she worked multiple jobs, including shifts at a local Starbucks, to allow her to keep her substitute teacher job at Sandy Hook Elementary. She was finally given a full-time position as a substitute in October 2012, and she reported for duty to replace a first-grade teacher on the morning of December 14. Her boyfriend received a final text message from her at 8:58 a.m. that day, confirming their date to go see The Hobbit.
She died alongside her students and teacher's aide Rachel D'Avino.
Read more about her here.