This is the time of year when people share things they are thankful for. In the DEN, we are thankful for all of you – the fantastic educators who love to share, collaborate, and learn from each other. Working with you over the years has been wonderful and the DEN wouldn’t be what it is without you. There are over 5,000 STARs in the DEN and we know the community has grown over the years because people have been sharing with their colleagues and showing how great the community really is.
With that in mind, we’d love to hear your DEN story of thanks. Is there a person who got you started with the DEN? Did some of your colleagues drag you along and now you’ll never go back? Is there a great story about how you became more involved? It’s time to give a big THANKS to those that have helped you.
Post it to your blog, Tweet it #DENthanks, or just email the person. Then tell us about it.
We’ve created a brief form for you to use to give thanks and tell your #DENthanks story. We’ll be sharing these on the DEN blogs and can’t wait to hear how so many wonderful educators got involved in the DEN.
I would like to take a little time and tell you MY DEN story and give thanks to 3 people……
It all started at NECC 2008 in San Antonio. I was venturing to this incredible conference on my own, but knew of a few people I’d met online via Twitter. I was looking forward to meeting many of my new online friends, but didn’t know the conference would be the beginning of an incredible journey (yes, that sounds goofy). Teryl Magee was one teacher I was looking forward to meeting since our classes had communicated via Skype earlier in the year. We met at the Blogger’s Cafe and began talking. We were just chatting when one of her friends from Tennessee showed up, Tim Childers. Teryl introduced us and we talked for a while. A little later, they introduced me to Tom Turner, one of their friends from Florida. I wasn’t aware of the DEN at this time, even though I did have some experience using Discovery Education. They started talking about the DEN precon event they were attending and since I had no idea what they were talking about, they started sharing information about the DEN and telling me I should join. The next thing I knew, I was signing up to become a STAR. They walked me through the application process and I was on my way. Throughout the conference, they introduced me to a ton of people, many involved with Discovery and the DEN, one being Lee Kolbert. I (kind of) remember an evening of fun at Howl at the Moon with Teryl, Anne Truger, and Tom’s bald headed buddy, Scott Meech. I know there were more people there (I think Steve Dembo) that I’m forgetting, so I apologize if you remember the night more than I do. Tom put the wheels in motion for me to meet Rachel Yurk, the Wisconsin LC Chair. After meeting Rachel, I joined the Wisconsin LC and got even more involved. Everyone I met that week at NECC through the 3 T’s (Teryl, Tim, and Tom) was awesome and I just knew there was a place for me in the DEN.
I still consider each one a friend. Teryl and I have spoken quite a bit through the years and have seen each other at various conferences and DEN events. Tim and I were roommates for DENSI in Boston. I visited Tom for a bit when my family and I were on vacation in Florida. With that being said, these three get my THANK YOU. Over the years, I’ve become a better teacher because of my involvement in the DEN and have met so many awesome people. I doubt this would have happened if it wasn’t for the three of them. Little did I know the journey would continue with a job working for Discovery and the DEN.
Thanks Teryl, Tim, and Tom! I owe you.