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Sharon Jensen

Professor of Teacher Education


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