One: I love the company. And I’m not just saying that because I work for them. Day after month after year, this company has demonstrated that they’re in the education space for the RIGHT reasons. When we have meetings about new products and ideas, it’s never a conversation about “How can we make more money?” Instead, it’s always “How can we make a difference for teachers and students?” Top to bottom, it’s comprised of True Believers.
Two: I love our community. The DEN is comprised of so many wonderful educators. And the one thing they all have in common is that they’re willing to take the time to share the things they’re passionate about with others. That’s awesome on so many levels. The beautiful thing is that the DEN isn’t about customers or clients or evengelists, it’s people who want to chagne the world, one student at a time. We’re all in this together, and every day I hear new stories that inspire me and make me proud to be a small part of it.
Three: I love our Leadership Council members. I look down the list of LC members, and I can honestly say that I know nearly every single one personally, and would consider them all Friends. Not FB friends, or followers. But actual friends. People that I could call on if I needed a favor, and that I would bend over backwards to help out if they ever needed a hand. It has nothing to do with the job or the company. It’s mutual respect and admiration, built up over time. Even if we only see each other a few hours per year, there’s a bond there. It may seem repetitive to say, but our LC members are Leaders in every sense of the word, not just in the DEN or in the classroom… in every thing that they put their mind to.
Four: I love the DEN team. The love I have for them is that of a family. We’re close enough that we finish each other’s thoughts (or IM’s). We hug just a little bit longer than you’d normally hug a coworker. And we have each other’s backs. Always. The people on our team challenge me, stretch me, lift me up when I need it and set my feet back on the grounnd when needed too. We’ve grown close enough that it’s not even all that weird when the phrase “I love you” just tumbles out at the end a phone call. The members may shift and change over the years, but once on the DEN team, you’re always family. And that’s something pretty darn special.