PB News | T&T national dies of COVID-19 illness in Brooklyn

An­oth­er close friend post­ed that from Ro­main’s love of art to be­ing a nur­tur­ing ed­u­ca­tor, she lived by “prin­ci­ples that cre­at­ed op­por­tu­ni­ties for her stu­dents and demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship by shar­ing love, com­pas­sion, and en­cour­age­ment to en­sure those “at-promise” were giv­en a sec­ond chance to suc­ceed.”

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Trinida­di­an Dez-Ann Ro­main, 36, a prin­ci­pal of a school in Brook­lyn, New York has died due to com­pli­ca­tions from the coro­n­avirus.

Ac­cord­ing to an ar­ti­cle in the New York Post, Ro­main is the first known death of a city pub­lic school staffer tied to the pan­dem­ic.

Ro­main, who was orig­i­nal­ly from Pa­lo Seco, was the prin­ci­pal of Brook­lyn Democ­ra­cy Acad­e­my in Brownsville, a trans­fer school that serves stu­dents who have dropped out or fall­en be­hind in cred­its in tra­di­tion­al high school set­tings.

Ro­main was pro­mot­ed from as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal be­tween 2016 and 2017.

Schools Chan­cel­lor Richard Car­ran­za said in a state­ment, “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.”

“We’ll be there for the stu­dents and staff through what­ev­er means nec­es­sary dur­ing this im­pos­si­bly dif­fi­cult time,” he added.

In an­oth­er ar­ti­cle, it start­ed that since March 16, the city’s pub­lic schools have been shut down. How­ev­er, teach­ers and prin­ci­pals were still asked to re­port to school three times a week.

Ro­main’s cousin Brit­tany Aguil­era in a Face­book post rem­i­nisced how Ro­main taught her how to draw and re­mem­bered how they would sit to­geth­er in si­lence and draw for hours.

“I used to sit on the bed with her as she drew these beau­ti­ful things and she gave me pa­per and pen­cil and pushed me to do the same with­out any judge­ment un­til I got bet­ter and bet­ter, and we would sit there for hours in si­lence just draw­ing. The last time we were to­geth­er we were danc­ing at a wed­ding and you were mak­ing sure my boyfriend, one of your for­mer stu­dents, was keep­ing it a buck lol, ” Aguil­era said.

“One day, when I have a kid I’ll show them how to draw the way you showed me. And I’ll pick back up the pa­per and pen­cil again, just for you. You will be missed and you were loved and re­spect­ed. Rest easy cuz, ” she added in her post.

An­oth­er close friend post­ed that from Ro­main’s love of art to be­ing a nur­tur­ing ed­u­ca­tor, she lived by “prin­ci­ples that cre­at­ed op­por­tu­ni­ties for her stu­dents and demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship by shar­ing love, com­pas­sion, and en­cour­age­ment to en­sure those “at-promise” were giv­en a sec­ond chance to suc­ceed.”