February 10 2019

BHS Alum and Longtime Educator Being Remembered After Fatal Hit-and-Run Accident

By: Rich Hosford

A woman who grew up in Burlington and was a member of the Burlington High School Class of 1996 was tragically killed in a hit and run accident on Friday.


According to a release from Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan’s office Allison Donovan, 40, a Somerville resident, was killed on Friday, February 8 after she was struck at the intersection of Powder House Boulevard and Hardan Road in Somerville. Donovan was a pedestrian on the sidewalk at the time of the incident. She was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital with another woman who was also injured in the incident. Donovan was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The other woman was treated and has since been discharged.


According to authorities, Somerville Police are trying to locate a newer model, full-size, black pick-up truck with front-end driver’s-side damage. The vehicle has a black cover over the bed of the truck and is possibly a Ford F-150.


Members of the public with information they believe will assist in identifying the operator of the motor vehicle are encouraged to contact the Somerville Police Department 617-625-1600 ext. 7250 or 7254.


Donovan is being remembered as a devoted educator who loved children. She was raised in Burlington and attended BHS where she excelled as a student and as a member of the gymnastics team, her obituary by Sullivan Funeral Home states. After graduating she followed in the footsteps of her mother, Jan Donovan, a long-time Burlington teacher. Allison went to her mother’s alma mater, Leslie University, where she earned her Bachelor Science Degree in Education, Master’s Degree, and Graduate Certificate in Literacy for the Classroom.


After earning her degrees she spent 12 years as an elementary education teacher at the Hosmer Elementary School, in Watertown, teaching at various grade levels. She then spent two years as the Watertown Elementary Curriculum Coordinator. She then acted as the interim principal of the J. R. Lowell Elementary School in Watertown from 2014-2015 which led to her becoming the principal at the Lincoln Elementary School in Melrose from 2015-2017.


“Nothing made Allison happier when she would see children excited about a topic being discussed, wanting to learn more, and seeing their eyes light up because they understood a subject,” her obituary reads. “Allison received so much joy as a teacher and administrator and her spirit will live on in the teachers and students whom she stimulated and helped form a strong educational foundation required to help children progress as students and young adults.”


Read her full obituary here.



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