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Oct 28

A New Adventure Begins

On October 24th, the School Board accepted my resignation.   My last day of work at my current school and in my current district will be November 3rd.  This year is my 15th year in the district as a library media specialist and third grade teacher.  There will be no 16th year.

I have accepted a new position with Discovery Education that begins November 7th.  My official title will be Manager – DEN Community.  What will this new job entail?  Let’s just say all things DEN.  My focus will be with the Discovery Educator Network.  This job will probably be different from day to day and week to week.  I look at this as a good thing.  There won’t be a regular routine, like there is in a school.  There won’t be regular calendar, like there is in a school.  I’m excited about these things and what I will be doing as part of my new position.   Among other things, I’ll be helping with day to day operations of the DEN, helping with PreCon events at some edtech conferences, working with the DEN Leadership Councils and helping to continue sharing resources with the DEN Community and others in a variety of ways.  My DEN team is incredible and I can’t wait to work with Lance Rougeux, Porter Palmer, and Steve Dembo.

This will be quite a change from the public school system routine.  It’s a change I’m welcoming.  Leaving my colleagues and students will certainly not be the easiest thing, but I’ve switched schools before and life has moved on.  I’ll be jumping to the corporate world as well, which will be quite a change from such a public job, one that’s continuing to be scrutinized more and more.  Fortunately,  I’ll still be working with awesome DEN Members and fantastic educators online.  I’ll continue to learn from my online community, a community I cannot live without.

While the public school teacher chapter in me closes, I’m more than thrilled to begin the next chapter in my career.  Let the fun begin!

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Stephanie M. (@cyberteacher)
Stephanie M. (@cyberteacher)

A little late for congratulations, but better late than never, right?! I am so excited for you and Discovery. This should be a win-win partnership. Best wishes!

Larra
Larra

Be a good example for all of the people!!

Zeny
Zeny

I know how happy you are right now...Keep it up!!

Annie
Annie

Cheers!!Good luck for you!!

Sandie
Sandie

Congratulations and I think that would be dream come true for you!!

Tannya
Tannya

Congratulations!!I think I have to check it out then...Thanks for the updates...

Porter
Porter

Congratulations! We're excited to have you join the team!

Nancy
Nancy

CONGRATS!!!! Looking forward 2 seeing you in the DEN side of life.

Chad
Chad

@Ben - I'm more than thrilled to be working with Steve. I think I make out on the good end of this. @Jen - I'll do what I can. @Kyle - Thanks and I feel the same way. @Jena - It certainly will be a change, but I can't wait. @Lee - Thank you - I'll probably be seing you at FETC. It'll be rough leaving Wisconsin in January for Florida. @John - Thank you. The good news (I think) is that I can still continue on the WEMTA Board.

Lee Kolbert
Lee Kolbert

Fantastic and congratulations! I'm so happy for you. The DEN is lucky to have you. I'm looking forward to seeing you often. Lee

Jena Sherry
Jena Sherry

Wahoo! Happy for & jealous of your new adventure. What a great change for you. Congratulations!! :D

Kyle
Kyle

Congrats Chad! I'm looking forward to working with you and I'm thrilled that you're joining the team!

Jennifer
Jennifer

THROWING CONFETTI!!! I truly look forward to working with you --- grins, maybe you can help me with this guru stuff --- Happy Happy HAPPY for you Jen

Ben
Ben

Congratulations Chad! So we should expect to see you start making the rounds on the big conferences now? We need to do so we can prepare early to start rubbing elbows with you now that you're "big league". I'm sure Dembo is geeked to hear!