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2012DENny Awards – Thank You DEN

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

Wow, it has been a long time since I’ve posted here. Since I maintain a classroom blog, a professional blog, and also blog for the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council, I just don’t seem to have the time to post here as well. However, since I am so excited to share my DENny Award news, I thought I should post it here too.

I have been a Discovery Educator Network (DEN) STAR and part of the Louisiana DEN Leadership Council since 2009. As part of this wonderful organization, I have participated in so many wonderful events sponsored by Discovery Education including Day of Discovery in Silver Springs, Maryland and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston, the DEN Summer Institute in San Diego, and virtual conference days every fall and spring since I joined.

On the evening of May 17, at the fourth annual DENny awards, I was honored with a PL DEN Award for my 365 Day Project.  Unfortunately I was unable to attend the live presentation of the awards, because I was helping prepare for our annual Parent Volunteer Breakfast which was being held at my school on Friday, but I would like to say how truly honored I am by this award. Below is the recording of the DENny Awards. (Mine starts at 9:27.)

When I got home Thursday night I found out via Twitter that I had been honored with a DENny Award.

I would like to thank Discovery Education and the DEN for this honor. I would also like to congratulate all of the other DEN members who received DENny Awards for 2012. I am inspired by all of you.

(Note – I crossposted this on on Louisiana DEN blog.)

DEN Virtual Conference at Bissonet

Saturday, June 5th, 2010

Article on DEN Spring Conference(Click on the image to the left to see the article from the April 2010 issue of 21st Century Teaching and Learning with Technology from the Jefferson Parish Public School System.)I know I am late in writing this post, but better late than never. I would like to thank the DEN and my cohost, Alexis Western for a wonderful Spring Virtual Conference. We learned a lot, ate a lot, and had a great time. den-springconfsign.JPG alexis-at-den-spring-event.JPG den-event.JPG den-spring-conference.JPG watching-den-session-at-bissonet.JPG food-at-den-vc.jpg

School’s Out for the Summer

Sunday, May 30th, 2010



My last day of school for the 2009-2010 school year was Friday, May 28. I can’t believe this school year is over. It went so-o-o-o fast.  I left New Orleans Friday night with a friend of mine to attend the Bayou Country Superfest in Baton Rouge over the Memorial Day Weekend. In between listening to the great artists – Keith Urban, Taylor Swift, Brooks and Dunn, and Kenny Chesney – I took some time to reflect on my school year.

I am proud of the fact that I won a $15,000 Technology Model Classroom grant, completed my first two courses toward my Master’s in Educational Technology Leadership, and taught my students well. Our high stakes LEAP test scores were released just days before summer vacation and my students did an awesome job on the math test. They also loved the projects we completed during the year, and enjoyed learning to use all the Web 2.0 tools I shared with them this year. Their favorites were SkypeGlogster, and Edmodo. They always loved when I told them we would be watching a Discovery video. Since I teach 4th graders, I used dozens of videos with my math classes, and even more with my social studies class. They were thrilled to learn how to embed a Discovery video clip in their Glogsters.

While this was a great school year, I’ll be looking forward to using all of my new tech equipment next year. This summer I’ll be attending ISTE10 in Denver and the DEN Leadership Council Symposium in Boston.  I’m sure I’ll also attend several other conferences virtually (my PLN will tweet out the links) and most of the Classroom 2.0 Live sessions on Saturday mornings. But I plan on spending the majority of my summer planning for next year. I have a lot of great ideas I want to try.

I Presented at LaCUE 2009

Sunday, December 6th, 2009


This year marked the 25th anniversary of the LaCUE Conference in Baton Rouge. I attended for the first time last year and vowed then that I would present a session at the next one. Well, I manage to keep that vow. My presentation was about building a personal learning network (PLN) and was titled “Communicate, Collaborate, Contribute”. I asked a member of my own PLN, Alexis Western to be my co-presenter. Alexis is a Technology Integration Specialist (TIS) in Jefferson Parish Public School System where I work. She gladly accepted my invitation.


Well after many hours of putting together our presentation we were ready. Alexis was great about letting me take the lead because she said this was about how I built my PLN and she was there more as a facilitator. In the last eight months I have built an incredible PLN and I showed the attendees how that was accomplished. Then Alexis and I walked them through the steps to start their own journey. We helped them set up Google accounts, Google Reader, a Ning identity and had them join the LaCUE Ning, Delicious, Skype, and Discovery Education. I told them how I became a STAR Discovery Educator and a member of the Louisiana Leadership Council. Hopefully they will stay the course and become STARs too. It felt great to be a presenter, and I plan to do it as often as I can.


Beside presenting, I attended the “Dining with the STARs” dinner hosted by Susan Tompkins, Louisiana Leadership Council (LALC) Chair. At the dinner I was able to meet the other members of the LALC – Cindy Wallace, Events Coordinator, and Susan Gauthier, Blog Team Leader. They graciously welcomed this newbie into the fold. Now when we communicate on our monthly online meetings I will have a face to put with their names. I continued to grow my PLN by meeting the other Louisiana STARs who attended the dinner.




Good News!

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009



Today I received an email from Lance that made my day. Here is a part of it:

“Thank you so much for your interest in the DEN Leadership Councils (LC) for 2009-2010.  We are very excited about the community’s response to the LC election process this year and look forward to working with you.

The Louisiana LC for 2009-2010:

Susan Tompkins – Chair
Susan Gauthier – Blog Coordinator
Cindy Wallace – Events Coordinator
Paula Naugle – Blog Team ”

I am so excited that I did a happy dance. I am happy to be on the team with Susan T., Susan G., and Cindy W. and look forward to collabrating with them. We need to come up with a cheer, a mascot, team colors, ……

I can’t wait to get started. Go LA LC!

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