Congratulations 2015 DENny Awards Recipients

2015 DENny Awards logoThe 2015 DENny Awards ceremony was held Thursday night. In this annual celebration, we take some time to officially honor goodness within the Discovery Education Community.

This year we received hundreds of nominations, and we are pleased to recognize these DENny Award recipients in the following categories.



  • Loves learning
  • Shares ideas
  • Tries new things
  • Blazes a trail

Jeremy Badiner – Gull Lake Community Schools, Michigan

Michele Benefield – Baldwin County Public Schools, Alabama

Travis Copus – Burkbennett ISD, Texas

Becca Davis – Copperas Cove ISD, Texas

Marita Diffenbaugh – Boise School District, Idaho

Eric Farwell – Manhattan-Ogden, Kansas

DENnis Grice – St. John’s Lutheran, California

Chris Layton – Oak Ridge Schools, Tennessee

Peter Panico – Charlotte Mecklenburg, North Carolina


DEN Legend

  • Gives consistently
  • Reminds us to keep trying
  • Stays connected even after retirement

Donna Criswell – Sudbury, MA


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  • DENthusiasm
  • Engagement
  • Giving

Shelby Bailey – Warren County, Missouri

Janie Barber – Gadsden City Schools, Alabama

LeaAnne Daughrity – Lucas Christian Academy, Texas

Rebekah Ellis – Knox County Schools, Tennessee

Lindsay Foster – Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD, Texas

Matt Graves – Oak Ridge School District, Tennessee

Chad Lehman – Oconomowoc Area School District, Wisconsin

Nicole Richardson – Dorchester District 2, South Carolina

Allison Schleede – Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina

Jeannine Shields – New Rochelle, New York

Judy Uhrig – Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina

Karen Zilhaver – St. Paul’s School, South Carolina


Rising STAR

  • DENthusiasm
  • Engagement
  • Involvement

Rodney Crouse – Guilford County, North Carolina

Ania Figueroa – District 62 Des Plaines, Illinois

Joquetta Johnson – Baltimore County, Maryland

Suzanne McKenzie – Halifax Regional School Board, Nova Scotia

Victoria Pendley – Baldwin County, Alabama

Sherri Powell – Fort Bend ISD, Texas


RJ Stangherlin Award

  • recognizing excellence in blogging

Karie Huttner – Verona Area School District, Madison, WI



  • Knowledgeable
  • Passionate
  • Eager to help

Sara Badiner – Otsego Public Schools, Michigan

Kristen Davis – Santa Rosa, Florida

Dacia Jones – Durham County, North Carolina

Mary Marshall – Collier County Public Schools, Florida

Barbara Morris – Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico

Conni Mulligan – Department of Education, North Carolina

Kati Searcy – Fulton County Schools, Georgia

Dave Tchozewski – Jenison Public Schools, Michigan

Wendy White – Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina


Thanks to all of our DEN Ambassadors.























  • Works tirelessly
  • Spearheads efforts
  • Serves others

Suzanne Brooks – Lexington One, South Carolina

Michelle Burton – Schuyler Community Schools, Nebraska

Mark Case – Guilford County Schools, North Carolina

Tim Childers – Knox County, Tennessee

Ann Crilley – Rowan-Salisbury Schools, North Carolina

Edith Erickson – Diocese of Marquette, Michigan

Rex Ferguson-Baird – St. James Assiniboia School Division, Manitoba

Dawn Gardner – Richland County Schools District One, South Carolina

Mark Henderson – Fayette County Schools, Georgia

Heather Hurley – Arlington Public Schools, Virginia

Pam Inabinett – Dorchester District 2, South Carolina

Diane Lefebvre – Edmonton Catholic School District, Alberta

Andy Mead – St. James Assiniboia School Division, Manitoba

Melissa Remus – Rock Hill District 3, South Carolina

Francie Snyder – Manatee County, Florida

Robyn Thiessen – Surrey Schools, British Columbia

Karen Wells – Midland School District, Arkansas

Zulma Whiteford – Archdiocese of Baltimore, Maryland


Spirit of the DEN

  • a person whose actions consistently serve as an expression and reminder of what it means to be part of a community committed to sharing.

Martha Rougeux – Harrisburg School District, Pennsylvania


We invite you to watch the archive, and encourage you to connect with these passionate educators.


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