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.


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…

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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 June 6, 2019
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I’m One of the Most Well-Known LGBTQ Teachers in the US and I Was Called Out by a Fourth-Grader for Failing to Be Gender Neutral

I messed up today. I messed up, and a nine-year-old called me out. In front of the whole class. That’s right, one of the most…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted June 5, 2019

The Discomfort of White Adults Should Never Take Priority Over the Success of Our Black and Brown Students

“I didn’t come here to teach those kinds of kids.” It’s alarming to think that adults charged with helping students of color succeed in school…

By Michael Prihoda

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Posted June 7, 2019
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‘I Knew it Was Time to Leave My Classroom. I Hope 20 Years Was Enough.’

Every tough decision comes with some measure of remorse for what could have been. As I finish out my 20th and final year as a…

By Anna Baldwin

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