DEN Community Member of the Week: Erin Gannon

Erin is a 3rd Grade teacher in Wake County, North Carolina. Erin has been using Discovery Education resources since the United Streaming days. She shared, “I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t use Discovery Education! I’ve been a faithful user since the early days when it was called United Streaming, back in the early 2000s. It is a trusted resource that I can count on to provide my students with quality, engaging resources in various forms of media. It has made it possible for my students to find their own resources in a safe platform and allows them to explore topics they are interested in.”

What is a ritual you have in your classroom?
When students leave for the day, I ask that they give me an “H” – handshake, high-five or hug. It helps us to end the day with a smile and make one last connection before they leave for the day. I have been doing it for years, after seeing a colleague use it in her classroom. Many of the kids give each other an “H” too. 🙂
IMG_7734How are you involved in education other than your official role as a K-12 educator?

I am a National Faculty member with Buck Institute for Education, facilitating workshops in Project Based Learning across the United States. At my school, I serve as a mentor to beginning teachers and am a Teacher Leader Corps member (receiving training from DE to help provide professional development with a team at my school). I am also proud to be a fellow of the North Carolina Museum of Art Big Picture Fellowship, working with museum staff to learn about and write lessons for art integration.

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

When I’m not working, you can most likely find me exploring new places with my camera in hand.

What is one of your favorite ways to use Discovery Education?

I love to use the images and videos as digital writing prompts – to help provide a springboard for developing a story. The inspiration that comes from an emotional photograph or video clip is so very different than a typical writing prompt.

How do you start your day?

My dog, Maddox and I start every day with a walk. It’s a great opportunity to begin with a clear head and the exercise helps to wake me up! Step two: coffee.


What are some websites you visit to assist in your teaching practice?IMG_4031 (1)

Edutopia tops my list, for sure and I discovered Jen Jones this year – I’m currently obsessed with her work!

What are you reading or something on your to-read list?
I am currently reading a couple of different books for work: Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein and The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach the Craft of Writing
by Ruth Culham.
With my students, I am reading The Once and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate – wonderfully written, touching story!
What brings you joy?
Uncontrollable laughter. 🙂

How can others connect with you?


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