Morgan Elementary School will have a new principal this August after the Morgan County School Board unanimously agreed at their Tuesday meeting to hire Andrew Jensen.
Jensen was in a pool of 34 total applicants interested in the position left vacant when Tim Wolff accepted an administrative position in Texas. A district administrative committee narrowed the field from 34 to eight, including four currently employed by the district.
Jensen will be joining two other recently appointed administrators. Morgan High School Principal Crae Wilson and Morgan Middle School Principal Renn Hoopes were selected in April.
Jensen has taught at public schools for seven years, including two years as an elementary principal and assistant principal in the Duchesne County School District. In that same district, he was employed as a literacy coach, basketball coach and math teacher. He also taught math in Park City, Alpine, Davis and Arizona.
“It is essential to approach education and learning from a developmental rather than a deficiency standpoint,” Jensen said in his application. “In other words, students do not need to be programmed, but rather to feel connected. Programs and curricula should function as a means of improving our work, which is to educate the whole child, rather than shielding us from it.”
Jensen was head basketball coach and PE instructor at Northwest College in Wyoming for a year, as well as assistant basketball coach and adjunct instructor at Weber State University for five years.
He earned a master’s degree in education, curriculum and instruction, with an administrative and supervisory endorsement from the University of Phoenix in 2002. Jensen also earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Weber State University in 1999. He is endorsed in mathematics, reading, physical education and English as a second language.
“I feel an ongoing commitment to encourage and equip faculty, staff and volunteers with the proper tools to make the right decision, share an idea and advance our mission,” Jensen said. “Simplicity, clarity and ego-free interactions are the keys to my efforts.”
Jensen said he plans to permanently relocate his family from Roosevelt to Morgan, and hopes to find a new home in Morgan City so he can be at the same school as his twin daughters in fifth grade and son in third grade. He and his wife are also the parents of a senior son and sophomore daughter, for a total of five children.
Jensen was raised in Centerville and attended Viewmont High School, where he was involved in sports. At Weber State, he played on the university basketball team. Growing up over the mountain from Morgan, Jensen said he is familiar with the area and always had plans to set down roots in the area.
Superintendent Doug Jacobs said former MES principal Wolff will be missed. Wolff began serving as MES’s principal in 2010, when he moved from Texas.
“His departure will be a big loss for the district and community,” Jacobs said. “He has served with distinction. While I am sad to see him go, I am happy for him and this new opportunity. I have a lot of admiration and respect for him.”