Amy Jensen, who earned her Master of Music from NIU in 2007, has been named the 2020 outstanding music educator by the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.

Jensen has taught music at Hononegah High School in Rockton, Ill. for 30 years, serving as choir director, music theory teacher, musical theater director and piano teacher.

The Rockford Symphony Orchestra established the outstanding music educator award in 2016 to recognize an outstanding music educator in the community. The award is sponsored by Savant Capital Management and includes a plaque, $250 to put towards classroom supplies, $250 for professional development and two subscriptions to the Rockford Symphony Orchestra’s Classics Series concerts.