2016 DENny Awards: Leadership category

We know amazing things are happening in the classrooms and schools of Discovery Educators every day. 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 Community members in a variety of categories today, including Leadership, which honors Community members who give of themselves to guide others.


DENny Award recipients in the Leadership category are:

  • Heather Blacker, St. James-Assiniboia, MB. Heather stepped up to raise the awareness of DE in our school and our division. She took the lead in running the Ambassador Program at our school and championed it with our team and among our division personnel. This is Heather’s first DENny Award.
  • Renee Cunningham, Rowan Salisbury, NC Renee leads professional development in our building on the use of Discovery Education in the classroom and is always helping to find resources to support the curriculum. She is leading change in our building and the district and with the help of Discovery Education she has the tools to do so. She would be the most deserving person of a DENny award! This is Renee’s first DENny Award.
  • Kristin Magee, Lexington, SC. Kristin is a Discovery Education leader for our district. She regularly collaborates with other Community members to plan events that integrate and share Discovery Education resources with teachers throughout the district. We are so fortunate to have her in our district and love working with her to bring professional development opportunities for our teachers and Discovery Education resources into the classroom. This is Kristin’s first DENny Award.
  • Howard Martin, Austin, TX. Howard is always the first person to help people out, offer solutions, spend time to brainstorm, etc. He has set up several times to Hangout with people who have questions about things or want to collaborate or learn more. He’s on DENfriends helping. On DENchat answering requests and at the Day of Discovery helping in any ways he can. This is Howard’s third DENny Award. He was honored in 2011 and 2012.
  • Rita Mortenson, Verona, WI. Rita is always is helping anyone that has a need. As a leader of the Ambassador program for her school district, she has shown her colleagues the benefits of Discovery Education in their instruction. When Rita presents at various conferences, she always shares about Discovery. Rita is the first one to volunteer for a project and always follows through. She leads by example. This is Rita’s third DENny Award. She was honored in 2011 and 2013.
  • Kelly Price, Forsyth County, GA. Kelly has supported the partnership in our district with Discovery Education for years. She is always ready to help share what she knows about using Discovery Education and ways to connect with the Community. Kelly values the professional development that Discovery Education offers and is always there with an encouraging word. This is Kelly’s first DENny Award.
  • Francesca Verploegh, Albuquerque, NM. Great principals empower their educators, believe in their students, and create an environment where success can occur. I believe that Francesca is not only an amazing principal but a strong leader who exemplifies what it means to be a Discovery Education Community leader. This is Francesca’s first DENny Award.

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  1. Howard said:

    I’m honored to be in such good company. There are so many people that are active in leading coworkers, schools and districts and it means so much to me to be a part of this group. Thank you!!

  2. Tracie belt said:

    Congratulations to everyone who won a DENSI this year. Thank you to all of the winners for your leadership, the sharing of great ideas and for your inspiration as well. I am honored to know you and enjoy working with you. You deserve this recognition; it means a lot when praise comes from other teachers. All of you have been real standouts in the DEN community. Thanks Discovery for rewarding teachers for collaborating, leading and inspiring teachers, students, and administrators.

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