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Elizabeth is writing a book on process-based assessment, to be published by Times 10 Publications in 2022. She is an award-winning writer and teacher and sought-after speaker. In 2021, she was named one of 20 of America’s Most Inspiring Educators (The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation Teacher Innovator Awards).
She has been published in English Journal, Edutopia, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Azalea: Journal of Korean Literature and Culture (Harvard University), Brevity, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Writers Who Care, Ohio Journal of English Language Arts, Wisconsin English Journal, Skinny Poetry Journal, and Gyroscope Review, among others.
She has presented for the National Council of Teachers of English, Wisconsin State Reading Association, Wisconsin Writers Association, East Asian Studies Center at Indiana University, The Ohio Council of Teachers of English Language Arts, and The Illinois Reading Council, among others.
Elizabeth is passionate about sijo, a Korean form of poetry. Her sijo lessons have been uploaded by the Sejong Cultural Society as an exemplar of teaching poetry, and she was a runner-up in the 2020 Wisconsin Sijo Contest.
Her memoir was released in 2019. Narrated in alternating voices, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold (Meyer & Meyer Sport), is an inspiring story about Olympian Gwen Jorgensen and her family.
Hundreds of Elizabeth’s students have been published or won writing awards from the Pulitzer Center, Sejong Cultural Society (Korea Institute, Harvard University), Teen Ink, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Skinny Poetry Journal, Kimberly Public Library, Rachel Carson Landmark Alliance, National Council of Teachers of English, Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Milwaukee Public Museum, Teaching Today Wisconsin, and others.
For the 2014‒2015 school year, Jorgensen was named the Arrowhead Union High School (Hartland, Wisconsin) Teacher of the Year. In 2017, Jorgensen was named the Graduate of the Last Decade from Carroll University. She was the 2008‒2009 Lucille S. Pooley Award winner (for Successful Techniques in Teaching Composition in the Schools of Wisconsin). In 2011, she was named the Jarvis E. Bush winner from the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English. That year, Jorgensen was also named a PBS Innovative Educator.
She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and her master’s from Carroll University (Waukesha, Wisconsin). You can learn more on her website: lizjorgensen.weebly.com.