My name is Sharon J. Jensen and I began teaching at Simpson in the fall of 1995. However, this is my second experience with Simpson College because I also graduated from here in 1985. My first teaching job after graduation was in Hartley-Melvin CSD in northwest Iowa where I worked with the most wonderful first graders, colleagues, families, and community for three years. Coming from southwest Iowa, I learned what a real snow day was while living in northwest Iowa. My next teaching assignment was with third graders for the Indianola CSD. After three years, I decided to attend graduate school at ISU to pursue my masters in elementary education and then continued on in their doctorate program earning a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in literacy. While in graduate school, I was fortunate to teach undergraduate future teachers in courses such as foundations of education, strategies in teaching, math methods, and reading/language arts methods. Currently I teach courses in the elementary reading and special education endorsements as well as supervise practicum/student teachers for Simpson College. I live in Indianola with my daughters who are the loves of my life.
B.A., Simpson College, 1985, Elementary Education
M.S., Iowa State University, 1995, Elementary Education
Ph.D., Iowa State University, 2000, Curriculum & Instruction