Valerie Jensen

Elected in 2017
Resident of Ridgefield
Parent: Class of 2019 and twins, class of 2021
State University of New York at Albany – B.A.
Binghamton University – M.A.
Vision Committee: Learning
 
Valerie Jensen is the founder and executive director of the Prospector Theater, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of adults with disabilities through meaningful employment in the operation of a first run, premium movie theater, located in the heart of historic downtown Ridgefield.  Valerie and the Prospector Theater have won many awards, and have employed over 200 “Prospects”, about 70 percent of whom self-identify with a disability since opening in November 2014.  
 
Valerie is a published author, an award-winning filmmaker, and a level 40 Pokémon Trainer. 
 
Valerie earned her undergraduate degree in English from the State University of New York at Albany, and MA in Education from Binghamton University.  Valerie taught second grade, and for 12 years was the President of Sphere, Inc., a Ridgefield-based non-profit dedicated to arts, education, recreation and opportunities for adults with disabilities.  
 
Valerie wholeheartedly believes in the ability of one’s personal passions, or inner ‘sparkle’, to accomplish great things. She is married to Greg Jensen and is mother of Oz ’19, Rex '21 and Tigerlily ‘21.
 
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St. Luke’s School is a secular private school in New Canaan, CT for grades 5 through 12 serving 25 towns in Connecticut and New York. Our exceptional academics and diverse co-educational community foster students’ intellectual and ethical development and prepare them for top colleges. St. Luke’s Center for Leadership builds the commitment to serve and the confidence to lead.