Peter Jensen is a resident director at Saint John’s Prep. He supervises students in the newly renovated Saint Benedict’s Village in Saint Michael Hall.
Working with youth, education, and the outdoors are Mr. Jensen’s long-time passions. Growing up, he was involved with various youth programs which inspired him to study education, physics, and Hispanic studies at Saint John’s University. After graduating in 2008, he was drawn to high altitude conservation work in the Rocky Mountains. Following that, he worked on organic farms in the Amazon Rainforest and then spent nearly two years as a coordinator for humanitarian aid in the impoverished neighborhoods of Chimbote, Perú.
Mr. Jensen has lived and taught in six different countries and has spoken three other languages besides English. His ‘Indiana Jones’ lifestyle has allowed him use many of his own adventurous firsthand experiences to present content in a real-world context. While teaching science at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, Minnesota, he completed his Master’s in Theology at Luther Graduate Seminary. During that time, he received a fellowship from St. Thomas University to study International Leadership in Brazil which inspired him to begin his doctoral work in the fall of 2021.
On the side, he is also a licensed financial broker and certified muscle therapist, but above all he considers himself an eccentric collector of stories who has had the exciting privilege of learning from those he considers his greatest teachers – his past students. Mr. Jensen is elated to join the Saint John’s Prep community and continue to practice the Benedictine value of ‘listening with the ear of the heart’ in a residential context.