If you’ve read the DEN blogs much, which we certainly hope you do, then you are sure to have seen the handy work of Pennsylvania STAR Discovery Educator, RJ Stangherlin. She is a prolific blogger, managing to live-blog a session and have it posted with pictures and links sometimes before the presenter has said “the end”. She amazes us all so much, that we renamed the DENny Award for “Best Individual Blogger” to “The RJ Stangherlin”.
What you might not know is that RJ has been Beating Back Cancer for several years now. In 2010, she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Follicular Lymphoma and has been beating it back one strategy at a time, one day at a time ever since. RJ is not fighting alone though. She has friends and family supporting and cheering her on. She also has her DEN family. That’s you.
This is RJ and fellow PA STAR Discovery Educator, Meg Griffin. Although RJ and Meg are both educators in PA, they did not know each other before becoming active in the Discovery Educator Network. A few weeks ago, this picture came across my Facebook feed and I started thinking about how members of the DEN community seem to be kindred spirits, all passionate educators eager to share with one another. Meg went to visit RJ during a recent hospitalization and brought RJ a “Hug Shawl” that she knitted.
RJ gives so much of herself to help other educators. Through that giving, she has made connections that have turned into lasting, life-long friendships. I see this everywhere I turn in the DEN, so I’m calling it DENship.
I bet you have formed DENships. Have you? Tell me about them, OK?
Put them in the comments. Post them here on the DEN Blogs if you’re on the Leadership Council. Email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write about them and share the link with us. Put them on your STAR Blog. This year, let’s all take a moment to tell our stories to the people who have made a difference in our lives and careers. Do it. Say “OK”.
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