Jensen credits others for success
In her own characteristic humility, Lili Jensen, this year’s Estherville Lincoln Central Champion in Education, gave credit to a large number of other people for receiving the award.
Jensen welcomed well-wishers at the annual ELC Foundation Banquet Tuesday at the Estherville Elks Lodge. Jensen teaches students at both the elementary and secondary level and serves as district librarian and media director.
Kris Schlievert, ELC elementary principal, used the acronym MEDIAS to illustrate Jensen’s dedication to students during her 30 years of teaching, most of it at ELC.
In “M” as in mentor, Jensen has focused her life on education or “E”, said Schlievert. “She’s always teaching,” Jensen said.
Jensen’s dedication or “D” is illustrated by the extra time she spends at school. “She’s in there weekly, even during the summer,” said Jensen. The “D” also stands for deserving, said Schlievert.
The “I” is for interactive and innovative, said Schlievert. “She’s a true self-starter,” she said.
For the “A”, Jensen is an advocate, said Schlievert. “She’s always willing to stand up for what’s right,” she said. “She’s always willing to help someone.”
The “S” is for students. “Lili is very child-centered. She’s kid-focused,” said Schlievert. “I see Lili as my friend. She’s a good listener.”
As Jensen addressed the gathering, she was very quick to give others credit for the award.
“The only reason I’m here tonight is because of the champions in education that have made a big difference in my life,” Jensen said.
“My biggest champion is my husband Bob. He’s always around. He’ll never let you down,” Jensen said.
Jensen’s accolades also included her son, Erik; daughter-in-law, Kim; and daughter, Jordan. She also recognized her parents, Dean and Elda Lyon; sisters, Lori and Lisa; and brother Larry. Also receiving recognition was Sandy Clayton, her husband’s office manager, and the many teachers that she had in her life. She also recognized the Rev. Paul and Linda Wiegman and Estherville Public Librarian Carolyn Walz. along with her school aides, Sandy Giffrow and Mavis King
“If I didn’t have these champions in my life, I wouldn’t be here tonight,” Jensen said. “I am accepting this on behalf of all of you. You are all champions.”