ROSEMONT – An English teacher from Dwight Township High School, today was honored by her colleagues for being selected as the 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year. The recognition came during the Illinois Education Association’s (IEA) Representative Assembly, being held at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare in Rosemont, Ill.

Lindsey Jensen, who teaches English to 11th and 12th-grade students at Dwight Township High School in District 230, was named 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in October.

Jensen, who has taught at Dwight Twp. HS for 10 years, began her education career as a teacher’s aide assigned to a junior high behavioral disorder classroom. She earned degrees from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and Oakland City University in Indiana.

In his letter of support for her nomination for Illinois Teacher of the Year, Erik Bourne, a colleague of Jensen’s at Dwight Twp. HS, said, “Lindsey is more than a teacher of English – she is a teacher of people.

“[Her students] know she is truly concerned not only about their academic success but also their emotional and social well-being. She inspires her students to want to be their best, and as someone who has been teaching almost 20 years, I can honestly say that I have had no colleague inspire me more than she.”

As Illinois Teacher of the Year, Jensen will be traveling around the state, speaking at teaching workshops, education conferences, and community meetings.

Jensen also will represent Illinois at the NASA Space camp in Huntsville, Ala., and at the National teacher of the year program.

The ISBE selection committee, comprised of administrators, teachers, educational service personnel, student support personnel and past Illinois teacher of the year winners, reviewed 234 nominations for the 2018 Teacher of the Year this year. Eight of the 10 finalists for the Illinois State Board of Education’s teacher of the year were IEA members.


The 135,000 member Illinois Education Association (IEA-NEA) is the state’s largest education employee’s organization. IEA represents preK-12 teachers outside of the city of Chicago and education support staff, higher education faculty, retired education employees and students preparing to become teachers, statewide.