"I’ve created a monster!" I must have said that everyday for the last month of the Dynamic DEN Deal days of summer. In South Florida, teacher workdays have begun or will begin very soon and that means the end of the Dynamic DEN Deal! This crazy contest ran from June 1st until midnight July 31st. When I planned this DEAL, I was hoping to encourage, empower and equip our South Floridians to stay active in the hazy, hot days of summer. I offered $1, $5, $10 and $20 DEN dollars specials for such activity as posting to blogs, doing NEW unitedstreaming events, subscribing to this blog and more. I thought it would be great if teachers earned $10 or even $20 DEN dollars during the summer and could not believe the monster I created with good old-fashioned competition. I have two of the most competitive DEN members ever and they literally went back and forth for 1st place everyday for the last few weeks earning over $600 each! It was a nail biting experience as these wild and crazy ladies jostled for position right up to midnight July 31st. Once it was apparent that there was a 1st place winner, I racked my brain for a way to help both of them out somehow. With 1st place being just a hair ahead of the 2nd, I’ve crown my Dynamic DEN champs as 1st place and 1st place "once removed!"
Congratulations to Debbie Bohanan, 1st place, whom we have renamed Debbie Discovery or DD for short and Wendy Norton, our 1st place "once removed" winner. DD is surrounded by some of her buddies on their first day back to school at Reedy Creek Elementary with her very own projector! Wendy, from Bellalago Academy, is the proud owner of an incredible mp3 player from the Discovery store that not only plays music, it has an AM/FM radio, displays photos and most importantly has an audio recorder for podcasting. Wendy is very excited to start recording her students’ narrations to be place over unitedstreaming editable clips.
I must say I was very impressed that 48 South Florida DEN members stayed active this summer and I owe t-shirts or personalized bag tags to each of you! However, with a 1st place and 1st place "once removed" finished that leaves 2nd place to Mark Hall at St. Cloud High School, 2nd place "once removed" to Sylvia Vigo-Smith at Bellalago Academy, 3rd place to Fotini Guzman at Pleasant Hill Elementary and 3rd place "once removed" to Lee Kolbert, Technology Specialist for Palm Beach County Schools.
You are an amazing network of teachers, South Florida. I’m looking forward to serving and sharing with you this new school year.