I am proud to be a teacher at Dripping Springs Middle School. My goal for this year is to in inspire each of my students to become innovative thinkers, better communicators, and embrace a love of learning.

About Me:
I was born in Nebraska but have lived all over the western part of the United States.  Tempe, Arizona is my home town; I lived there from 1984-2003.  I attended the University of Arizona and graduated with a degree in British Literature in 1998.  I was also lucky enough to meet my husband while at the UofA.  After graduation, I continued my studies in education and  began my teaching career in 2000. 
In 2003, I married my husband Tim, moved to Austin, and then Dripping Springs in 2005.  We have two amazing children  Rylie -6th grade at DSMS and Ian -2nd grade at RSES. I am looking forward to a amazing 2016-2017 school year!

Educational Background


M.A.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction - Ottawa University 2013
Post-Baccalaureate- Education - Ottawa University 1999
Bachelors of Arts English - University of Arizona 1998

Certifications/ Continuing education classes

Texas ELAR 4-8
Texas ELAR 8-12
Texas ESL supplemental 4-12
Gifted and Talented
Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
6+1 Traits of Writing and Assessment -PD Trainer

Previous Schools

Dahlstrom Middle School, Buda, TX
William B. Travis High School, Austin, TX
Altadeña Middle School, Phoenix, AZ
Queen Creek High School, Queen Creek, AZ

Individual learning for all students:

In my classroom, the 7th grade content requirements (TEKS) remain the same for each student.  How I present my content to students will vary based on the unique personalities and preferences for learning.  This allows students in all of my classes to be more engaged in my classroom and learn content at a deeper more meaningful level.

My Philosophy about Pre-AP and GT Middle School Courses:

Pre-AP and GT courses are not about giving students more work; they are designed to challenge students who grasp concepts quickly and to help them learn to think critically within our curriculum

Middle School Pre-AP courses are academically advanced on grade level classes.  This means in class we will be following the Dripping Springs 7th grade ELAR curriculum with more rigorous content.  Our coursework will ask students to engage in independent and analytical assignments and occasionally to complete a substantial amount of work outside of class (for example: essays and projects).   

Pre-AP middle school courses are designed to prepare students for high school Pre-AP and Advanced Placement (AP) courses.  AP courses are college level courses taught in a high school setting culminating in an AP exam for possible college credit.  

My dear children: I rejoice to see you before me today, happy youth of a sunny and   fortunate land. Bear in mind that the wonderful things that you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, and add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common. If you always keep that in mind you will find meaning in life and work and acquire the right attitude towards other nations and ages.”      --Albert Einstein

Mrs. Jensen's Schedule:

Period 1     9:00-9:51 Teacher Prep and Planning
Period 2     9:55-10:46
Period 3     10:50-11:41
Lunch        11:41-12:11
Period 4     12:15-1:06
Period 5     1:10-2:01
Period 6     2:05-2:56
Advisory    3:00-3:20
Period 7     3:24-4:15

Need extra help?  Tutorials:

Tuesday: Mrs. Jensen B-107

Wednesday:  Mrs. Burton  B-105

Thursday: Mrs. Montgomery B-103

Important Websites for Students