Hello my friends! I try to say “please” and “thank you” like my momma taught me. Sometimes though, in the hustle and bustle of things, I forget. For the past 2 years, I have seen friends on Facebook do a daily thankfulness post for the month of November. For whatever reason, I don’t. I thought about sending emails to all the people I want to say, “Thanks for making my work-life so personally fulfilling.” That’s really more of my style. However, I thought it selfish of me to not share what these people mean to me, and I also wanted to tell you. So, I’m going to just post a whole bunch of thanks here. I hope you don’t mind. Actually, I hope you’ll do the same.
In addition to all of life’s personal blessings, I am thankful for:
- the great and not so great teachers that I had as a student. They helped me hone my craft before I ever even knew that it would be my calling.
- the teachers I knew outside of the DEN who have actively joined the community. Jessi-cola and Darcy you help me see the real impact of the work we do.
- the hundreds of personal relationships I have formed with educators in this community. You bring me laughter and remind me that I get to work with the best teachers in this world.
- the thousands of DEN members who are sharing and collaborating, giving of yourselves to make education better and our world better.
- the DEN Leadership Council members who keep me always on my toes especially when they send emails that begin with, “So, I had this idea for a passion project.”
- my DEN teammates. I probably neglect to say thank you most frequently to them. So be patient with me. I’m going to do some personal shout-outs.
- Lance for leading us like a great teacher. You learn what makes each of us tick and adjust accordingly to be a great leader.
- Steve for all of those heated debates/discussions to make things better without grudges or consequences. Also for always being up for an adventure.
- Chad for doing what needs to be done and doing it instinctively.
- Dean for reminding me not to obsess so much over perfection. its ok two have typos sometimes.
- Jannita for challenging me to be more willing to share an idea. Even if it falls flat, nobody is more creative and willing to just put it out there than you.
- Ginny for sharing my introversion and helping me support folks like us in the community.
- Jeanette for always preferring to learn how to fish. You said this on our first interaction and demonstrate it regularly.
- Hall for reminding me that editing a presentation while you are on stage is perfectly normal.
- Kyle for always striving to learn more and be better at work and in life. You model life-long learning and inspire me to try harder.
Tell me about your #DENthanks. Send a Tweet with the hashtag #DENthanks. Add a comment here, or post to the DEN Blogs (or your own.) Post it to Facebook; send an email. Take a minute to tell the folks who support you in this community what they mean to you. If you are reading this, know that I am thankful for you. I am thankful for all the ways you have made my life better.