DEN Community Member of the Week: Dani Carver

Dani is a second grade teacher in Albuquerque Public Schools, New Mexico. She has been using Discovery Education for two years. She shared “My students love it! They are super engaged with anything we use from boards to videos. It is a great resource for any science and social studies concept we are learning!”

How do you start your day?
I typically start my day in a rush. I am not the best morning person… But once I get to school, everything changes. Once I see my kiddos I get a smile on my face and know it is going to be a good day!

Why did you become a teacher?

I was not always going to be a teacher. I started my college career wanting to be an artist. However, I found it very difficult to be told exactly what to do for my art classes. It became a chore and I started to dislike the one thing that really brought me pure happiness. So I thought long and hard about things that I would love to do and that I would be good at, and I thought of teaching. I come from a long line of educators–my mother, grandmother, aunts, and uncles. It was what I was meant to do and I can still do my art on the weekend or during summer break!


How are you involved in education outside your role as teacher?

Other than being a teacher I also am apart of educational organizations. I am a committee member for the National Parent Teacher Association (NPTA). Also, I am a board member for a local organization called Las Mujeres.


What sites do you visit to assist in your teaching practice?
I loooove Pinterest. Not only for teaching resources and ideas but for my own art inspiration. I also like to look at various different news outlets for information about different communities and happenings.

When you’re not working where are we most likely to find you?

When I’m not at school, you can most likely find me doing something crafty–painting, drawing, coloring, or making something. I also love to watch movies and tv on my comfy couch!

What brings you joy?

Many things bring me joy! I find joy in seeing my family and friends happy. I find joy in doing the things I love–teaching, art, working out, and playing volleyball. I find joy in unexpected kindness. I find joy in people and getting to know different people.


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