Lindsey Jensen

Secondary English Educator, Dwight Township High School

Chicago, Illinois

Lindsey Jensen is the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year, a National Teacher of the Year Nominee and a Global Teacher of the Year Nominee. When she isn’t in her classroom, she spends evenings and weekends working as an educational consultant and motivational speaker. Lindsey is full of energy, and she is fiercely and unapologetically passionate about education.

Lindsey earned a bachelor’s degree in communication from Southern Illinois University. She acquired a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from Oakland City University. She is currently completing her doctorate at Illinois State University through the School of Teaching and Learning, where she is finishing her dissertation and studying gender and technology in YA Dystopian Literature.

She has served as the chief negotiator and as an executive board member for the Dwight Education Association. She is a member of the Illinois Association of Teachers of English, the Illinois Reading Council and the Secondary Reading League. She refers to herself as a “teacher by day, and a musician by night.” Currently, she is a Secondary English Educator at Dwight Township High School, where she teaches Advanced Placement English, English III, and English IV.

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Posted May 4, 2020

This Teacher Appreciation Week Comes With a Bittersweet Gift for Educators

I teach and I write. These are my passions.   So you can imagine my bewilderment when I experienced paralyzing writer’s…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 28, 2020

Two Years Since Marjory Stoneman Douglas and State Legislatures Are Still Trying to Arm Teachers

It’s been just over two years since the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and I struggle to find…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 20, 2020

More Than Anything, I #LoveTeaching for the Relationships We Build Along the Way

When I divulge to strangers that I am a high school English teacher, I am typically met with skepticism. “You…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Jan. 7, 2020

Yes, Politics Do Belong In The Classroom

As I reflect on a controversial piece I wrote shortly after Donald Trump Jr. referred to educators as “loser teachers,”…

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Posted Oct. 28, 2019

I Got Rid of Course Requirements for My AP English Class and I Don’t Regret It

“So you’re just going to let anyone into your AP English class?” she quipped with sarcasm and snark.  “Uhm ……

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Aug. 26, 2019

First Day Jitters? Teachers Get Them Too!

As I embark on my 15th year in public education, I’m baffled that it still happens to me. After all,…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted May 31, 2019

I’m a Better Educator Than I Was 11 Years Ago, But I Still Feel Like an Imposter

While attending a local charity event, it happened. It’s the moment every teacher dreads. It’s the unexpected scenario that stops…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Feb. 13, 2019

Before Trump Jr. Calls Me a ‘Loser Teacher,’ How About He Steps Inside My Classroom?

It was in my junior English III class during third period when I observed two junior girls, on fundamentally opposite…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted Sep. 19, 2018

Poor Kids Deserve Kickass Schools with Kickass Teachers, Too

As the Illinois Teacher of the Year, I meet fellow educators at events all the time. We exchange funny anecdotes…

By Lindsey Jensen

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Posted May 29, 2020

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Posted May 28, 2020

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