When MyKayla Jensen was in second grade, she learned just how much she loved being in school.
“That is where it all began,” Jensen said.
So, when Jensen graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 2007 she already knew teaching would be in her future.
Originally from Hortonville, Wis., Jensen made the move to New Ulm where she attended Martin Luther College graduating in 2011 with a degree in elementary education.
“I have had a lot of great influences in my life,” said Jensen, adding her teachers were a big part of that.
Coming from a big family, Jensen said she had the chance to help care for her siblings.
“I always connected with younger kids,” said Jensen, who is teaching second graders at St. John Lutheran School in Redwood Falls.
Jensen said she enjoys being with younger students, because they are so willing to talk about things going on in their lives. They also seem to be very interested in being at school. As a second-grade teacher, Jensen is helping her students to become more independent readers, adding reading is such a critical part of education.
Another part of education Jensen said is very important for her is being able to share her faith with the students in her class, adding that is implemented in all subject areas. Jensen started her teaching career at Divine Savior Academy in Doral, Fla. where she taught second graders.
Jensen then answered the call to LaCrosse, Wis. at First Lutheran School where she taught third and fourth graders, before coming to teach in Redwood Falls.
“The Lord works in wonderful ways,” said Jensen, adding it was his guiding that led her to St. John Lutheran School. “His timing is always perfect.”
When Jensen first visited St. John school she knew it was going to be a good fit for her, adding the people were so welcoming.
“I had heard so many great things about this school,” said Jensen, adding then she was able to confirm what she had heard by seeing the school firsthand. “This school has such a positive environment.”
Jensen said she knows how fortunate she and her siblings were to be able to attend a parochial school, because it not only was a place where they grew as students but also in their Christian faith.
Education also runs in the family, as Jensen’s mom, as well as two of her siblings are also teachers.
As part of the local school, Jensen has also gotten involved beyond the classroom as a volleyball coach, which provides the opportunity for her to be another influence on the lives of older students. It also offers the chance for Jensen to help instill the value of working together as part of a team and the importance of learning fundamentals of the sport.
Jensen said she knows the skills students learn in the classroom and in those extra-curricular activities will all help to prepare them for their future career.
Jensen said she comes from a very close-knit family, adding she appreciates any time she can get with them. They have been very supportive of her, she added.
As an educator, Jensen said she enjoys the chance to tell the stories of the Bible to her students, adding she appreciates seeing the eyes of those students open up as they have new experiences and learn new things.
When she is not in school or on the court, Jensen likes to spend her time walking, kayaking, playing cards and games, watching movies and spending time with friends and family.
Jensen said things have been going very well for her at St. John, adding she truly believes this is where God wants her to be.