A Central Illinois teacher has been named the state’s 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Lindsey Jensen teaches high school English at Dwight Township High School. Saturday, she and 230 other educators, administrators and support staff were honored by the State Board of Education.

“Lindsey Jensen exemplifies teacher leadership,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Leadership to me means taking responsibility for things you care about. Lindsey Jensen does just that. Students leave her classroom with an expanded understanding of their own potential. We are privileged to have this extraordinary educator represent the state as our 2018 Illinois Teacher of the Year.”

Jensen’s students and colleagues describer he as a positive teacher with high expectations.

“I believe education equals empowerment,” said Jensen. “Teachers are in the business of human beings, and teaching requires becoming part of students’ lives and making connections that no other professional experiences.”