FORT WORTH, TEXAS, November 26, 2019 – Vickie Jenson earned the prestigious Crescent Real Estate Chair for Teaching Excellence in Career and Technology Education presented at a Fort Worth Independent School District award luncheon November 14, 2019. Jenson, who teaches at South Hills High School, was recognized as an exemplary educator who inspires today’s students to become tomorrow’s business and technology leaders and educators, according to Suzanne Stevens, Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Crescent, who presented the award to Jenson.

As an Academic Chair for Teaching Excellence, Jenson receives a $5,000 honorarium. The Fort Worth Academic Chair for Teaching Excellence program, created in 1994, is modeled after the university-level Chair program and is designed to recognize and reward exemplary teachers. This program is unique because of its role in a public K-12 setting and for its rigorous selection process.

For the 14th consecutive year, Crescent sponsored the career and technology education chair. Crescent recognizes the impact that teachers and education have on our youth, their families, and our communities and is committed to helping children become more successful in school and life.

“Our committee was impressed with Vickie’s dedication to her students, the command of courses she teaches each year successfully, and the extensive hours she commits to beyond the regular school day,” said Stevens. “Vickie works side-by-side with each of her students to cultivate a special relationship, and many students return after graduation to share with current students college success stories and to thank Ms. Jensen for enabling them to pursue careers as educators.”

Jenson is recognized inside and outside of the classroom as an accomplished teacher. She earned degrees from Tarleton State University (1989-1993) and Midwestern State University (1993-1994), is a member of the Texas Association of Future Educators where she has been honored as Region Teacher of the Year, serves on the board of directors and is a frequent speaker regarding career and technology education and college awareness. Jenson has taken South Hills High School students to Education Rising competitions for future educators the past eight years, where her students have won or placed in the top 10 at the national competitions.

“I feel as if the students are constantly teaching me. They challenge me. They inspire me,” Jenson said about her students who are learning and interning to become future educators. “I need to be a strong leader that they can respect. I strive to be the teacher that inspires but also the teacher that is realistic in the expectations of their job as an educator.”

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