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Award Notification: Lauren Jensen (NY '15)
Glen Cove High School
English Teacher Lauren Jensen Wins $25,000 NY Milken Educator Award
Lauren Jensen was working on a doctoral degree when she realized that she missed being in the classroom. When an opening in the English department came up at Glen Cove High School, her alma mater, she took it and never looked back. Jensen is known as a tough but dedicated teacher who makes herself available to students whenever they need her. In addition to teaching 10th- and 12th-grade students, Jensen serves as her school district's writing coach, creating professional development opportunities focused on elementary school ELA curriculum.
Shocked by the announcement that she had won New York's 2015-16 Milken Educator Award, Jensen dedicated the Award to her students. "I'm the teacher I am because of you guys," Jensen told the students at the assembly at Glen Cove High. "There is no way that I could be as passionate as I am about the job that I do without you guys meeting me halfway."