My #DENthanks by Paula Naugle

Here’s another #DENthanks story that has been submitted.  At the bottom of this page, you’ll find info about giving your own #DENthanks and sharing your story.


I became a DEN STAR in 2009 and a member of the Louisiana Leadership Council that same year. I was thrilled when I applied and was accepted to attend the DENLC in Boston the following summer. I needed a roommate and since no one else from Louisiana was attending, I went to the Google Doc the DEN had put together and searched for someone to be my roommate. I found Jeannine Shields listed on the doc and thought we might have some things in common since I had lived in New York during part of my life. I sent her an email asking if she would consider being my roomie. She quickly responded with a resounding yes and we spent a wonderful week in Boston getting to know each other. We have remained in touch through the DEN and various social media sites such as Twitter and were also roomies for the DENSI in San Diego in 2011. 
I consider Neene to be a soul sister and have learned so much from her. I am thankful that she agreed to be my roommate, and helped me meet and get to know so many other wonderful DEN members during our time spent together. Neene you ROCK! I hope we get to be roomies again soon.


This is the time of year when people share things they are thankful for.  In the DEN, we are thankful for all of you – the fantastic educators who love to share, collaborate, and learn from each other.  Working with you over the years has been wonderful and the DEN wouldn’t be what it is without you.  There are over 5,000 STARs in the DEN and we know the community has grown over the years because people have been sharing with their colleagues and showing how great the community really is.

With that in mind, we’d love to hear your DEN story of thanks.  Is there a person who got you started with the DEN?  Did some of your colleagues drag you along and now you’ll never go back?  Is there a great story about how you became more involved?  It’s time to give a big THANKS to those that have helped you.

Post it to your blog, Tweet it #DENthanks, or just email the person. Then tell us about it.

We’ve created a brief form for you to use to give thanks and tell your #DENthanks story.  We’ll be sharing these on the DEN blogs and can’t wait to hear how so many wonderful educators got involved in the DEN.


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