My DEN Love Story

Porter Palmer, as she is so good at doing, has inspired me to write my DEN love story. I have been a member of the DEN since 2006 and a STAR since the program started. It has also been my privilege to have been the chair of the CT DEN LC for the past three years. In the years I have been associated with the DEN I have met many amazing, wonderful, caring educators who are incredibly dedicated to wanting to see kids succeed. The friendships I have made are some of the most precious ones to me. It is always such a joy to see these folks in person during the many DEN events I have had the pleasure to attend. But, more importantly, the relationships continue in spite of distance, whether through tweets, blogs, or Skype and Face Time sessions. I believe this is because many of us are “The Lone Rangers” in our districts who are promoting the use of technology to enhance the learning experience for all students. This has led me to seek out others who are like minded, and that is where the DEN has been so awesome. I am living proof that the DEN connects educators to each other. For all of the DEN members who I have met along the way, thank you for enriching and enhancing my personal and professional life in so many significant ways.


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  1. Sheila Fredericks said:

    I could not agree more, Joe! I love my DEN friends!

  2. Peg Hartwig said:

    Joe, I am so glad to read your expression of loan rangers…. As that is what many of us are in our districts. Our DEN community is full of supportive, risk takers! I believe our energy and passion is contagious to each other.

  3. Carolyn Stanley said:

    Dear Joe – Long time, no see! I hope the CT Leadership Council will have a opportunity to get together again soon. I posted to our blog just the other day, and I’m glad to see your presence here. There are so many caring educators who are so willing to share. It’s a win, win place to be!

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