Thanks for an Amazing First Year!

Hi, all.  Well, I’ve been holding onto some good news for a couple weeks now and since school is out (at least for most of you…sorry Philly teachers), I figured today was a good day to share.  I received a promotion (at least that’s what they tell me) at Discovery and will now be the Eastern Regional Manager of the Discovery Educator Network.  It is an exciting opportunity for me personally and a sign that the DEN, in less than one year of existence, has really grown and become more than what any of us could have hoped for in such a short amount of time.

So, what does this mean for PA/DE DEN members?  First, it means that your hard work, great ideas and belief in the power of digital media to support instruction just bought me a new truck (just kidding…it’s actually a BMW).  Again, kidding 🙂  However, it does mean that my weekly updates will soon come to an end and it will be the responsibility of the new PA/DE field manager to keep you entertained on Friday afternoons, as well as supported in the creative things you do and want to do.  The change doesn’t mean that I will drop off the face of the earth and have no contact with you.  In many ways, my new role will provide me with greater opportunities to support you.  I will manage the East Coast team which includes the amazing PA/DE DEN.

We have hired the new field manager and I am really excited about the experience she brings to our DEN along with her passion for education.  But before I introduce her, a few more words.

Thank you to each an every one of you who has helped shape the DEN into a wonderful community of educators who truly make my job a pleasure each and every day.  It is because of you that we are growing quickly and moving in the right direction.  We no longer have to recruit new DEN members, instead they see what a true DEN member is through your example and want desperately to be a part of the community. 

So, thank you again for a great first year.  I look forward to seeing a bunch of you at the regional institute in a little over a week and the rest of you virtually and in person throughout the coming months. 

Now, I will turn it over to your new PA/DE Field Manager, Shannon Gaumer.

Hi, everyone.  My name is Shannon Gaumer and I am excited to be part of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Discovery Educator Network. 

After receiving my undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University, I was offered a position in the Anaheim City School District.  I accepted the position and within a few months relocated to California.

I quickly came to realize the power of a technology-enhanced curriculum and began work on an advanced degree. Two years later, I received a Masters in Educational Technology from Azusa Pacific University.

After a six-year stay in California, I decided to move back to Pennsylvania where I was born and raised. 

I’m pleased to have this opportunity to share my knowledge in the field of educational technology as well as the teaching experiences I gained along the way.  Lance and I are planning a “Whistle Stop Tour” in the coming months to get out and see all of you and learn from you how we can make the DEN better than it is already.  I look forward to meeting you soon.  Have a wonderful weekend!


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  1. Margaret said:

    Lance, congratulations on your promotion! Shannon, I look forward to meeting you at Valley Forge

  2. Jannita Demian said:

    Congrats again on the incredible opportunity! I say go out and buy that BMW… or at least a house 🙂 You have done such an amazing job with your DEN and are an inspiration to the field managers across the nation.
    PA/DE DEN-
    Congrats on a phenomenal new DEN Field Manager. Shannon was a very active DEN member here in CA and it was an incredible loss to CA, but an excellent gain for PA.
    Best of Luck!!! The PA DEN is a GREAT DYNAMIC group of educators!

  3. Kim Smith said:

    Oh Lance!! Congratulations, good luck and we certainly hope PA stays close to your heart.
    “Hey, who got you here baby?”
    Best of luck Shannon. It’s a great group.

  4. Shannon Gaumer said:

    Thanks for the kind words of encouragement. I look forward to meeting many of you at the regional conference in Valley Forge–I heard a lot of amazing things about the DEN members here in PA and I look forward to this new endeavor.

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