My #DENthanks by Kelly Hines

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.


In 2009, I received an email from some lady named Conni Mulligan. She had been following my personal blog for a while and knew that I was a relatively new DEN Star. She said there was an opening on the NC DEN Blog Team and was wondering if I’d consider. After checking things out a bit, I dove straight in. My first “real event” with the DEN family was a Day of Discovery at Biltmore House in Asheville, a good 6 hours from where I lived at the time. Driving across the state for that event, I had no idea that it would change my life in such a wonderful way. I met Tim Childers and Teryl Magee, Conni and Judy Uhrig, and Justin Karkow and instantly knew I’d found a place among peers and friends. My involvement with the blog led to a surprise position as Blog Chair that summer and an invitation to Summer Institute in Boston. The rest, as they say, is history! I now count my DEN colleagues as friends and family! So, thank you, my dearest Conni for being my big sister in DEN and now my friend!


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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