January 15th, 2013 | City

School renamed for slain Sandy Hook teacher

Stratford Academy's Honeyspot House will be named after Victoria Soto, who shielded her students from bullets in the Sandy Hook shooting.
Stratford Academy's Honeyspot House will be named after Victoria Soto, who shielded her students from bullets in the Sandy Hook shooting. Photo by Stratford Academy.

Just over one month after Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Victoria Soto died shielding her students in the second-deadliest school shooting in American history, the town council of Stratford, Conn. voted to name a primary school after her.

The school, Honeyspot House, is currently in the early phases of a plan to move the school to a new building, which is expected to open in 2014. Honeyspot House serves students in kindergarten through first grade and is part of the larger Stratford Academy, a magnet school open free of charge to all children living in Stratford. Children gain admission to the school through an application completed by parents or guardians.

Soto, 27, reportedly died attempting to protect her first-grade students from gunman Adam Lanza during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December. Her decision to put several students in a closet in her classroom is credited with saving their lives. Twenty students and six faculty members, including Soto, were killed during the attack.

“This tragedy has affected so many people,” Stratford Mayor John Harkins told NBC Connecticut. “But I think the one thing great about the Stratford community is the outpouring of support and people wanting to recognize her and what she did.”

According to NBC News, Soto grew up in Newtown and attended New Stratford High School, graduating in 2003 before attending Eastern Connecticut State University. Soto’s aunt also reportedly taught in the old Honeyspot House building.