Degrees and Certifications:
BA - Kinesiology and Physical Education
Ms. Jensen West
Welcome to Vanden High School Physical Education.
I am excited to serve as your 9th grade Physical Education and Fitness for Life teacher.
My classes are designed to share with you the excitement I have for sports and physical fitness in the hope that it encourages you to want to learn more about what you are learning on your own. I am not teaching you to just get your 30 minutes of required physical activity for the day but, teaching you to learn both sports and fitness that you can take with you for your life.
I graduated from Saint Helena High School having participated in Cross Country, Basketball and Track all four years. I received college scholarships for all three sports.
Cross. Country - set league, sub-section and section course records and placed 12th in the State Championships
Basketball - broke school records for 3-pointers in a game and the season
Track and Field - broke the school records in the mile and two mile
I went to Long Beach State University where I ran cross country and track and was on a Marine Corps scholarship.
I got my BA from Long Beach in Kinesiology and Physical Education and my teaching credential from Sonoma State University.
I taught at Benicia High School for a few years after college before resigning from teaching, as a once in a lifetime opportunity came my way to travel the world with a pop/rock band as their tour manager.
I returned to the classroom four years ago, once a teacher always a teacher.
I am starting up a Badminton team at Vanden. If interested please let me know.
A few fun facts:
Educators are found in my family; my mom was an English and 5th grade teacher and my grandmother taught Kindergarten and Music at Center Elementary.
I love athletic shoes (I have over 120 shoes). I run in many 5K, 10K and half marathons. Elvis Presley is my favorite artist. In college I used to do movie extra work (being in over 20 films). When I am not teaching I work in the music industry. I am a Olympics junkie...love the Olympics. My favorite sports teams are Los Angeles Lakers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Freejacks, Los Angeles Dodgers, Real Salt Lake.
I am ALWAYS here to help. Please don't ever hesitate to reach out for anything!
Looking forward to a great school year.
Follow my PE/Fitness page on Instagram ::: The Athlete Within