Dene Gainey – Journey to the “Y” In You

Planning Period Podcast
Dene Gainey - Journey to the "Y" In You

Hello, and welcome to Episode 77 of the Planning Period Podcast, your #EdBreakroom. I’m your host, Brad Shreffler.

This week on the show I am joined by teacher, author, and friend Dene Gainey. Dene and I know each other from various Edcamps in our area and from our local #coffeeedu group. He never fails to be uplifting and fun, so I knew he’d make an awesome guest, and we were finally able to line-up this interview.

Dene and I talk about the importance of reaching kids, not just teaching kids, teaching in Tanzania, the lack of acceptance of life long learning, his belief that something in your classroom can’t fail, the need for all teachers to think outside of the box for the purpose of teaching more than you would otherwise, and how a great teacher can be firm and kind.

So, sit back and enjoy Episode 77 of the Planning Period Podcast, my interview with Dene Gainey.


Dene, thank you so much for chatting with me. You definitely got me thinking, and I hope my audience loves it too.

To connect with Dene, find him on Twitter @dene_gainey, and at his website Also, do not forget to check out his book Journey to the “Y” in You, which you can purchase on Amazon at this link.

If you have comments or questions about the show, you can always connect with me on twitter, @BradShreffler, and now on Instagram @BradShreffler as well. I love to hear from you there. That’s also a great place to connect if you’d like to be a guest on the show. Or, the Feedback Page on my website gives you options for feedback as well, which you can find at

Until next week, what would you do if you knew it wouldn’t fail?


Music provided by:

Vicious by Kevin MacLeod ( Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0

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