Meet the Staff

Noah’s Ark Preschool employs two staff–the Director/Teacher and the Assistant Teacher.

Shannon Jensen, Director/Teacher

My name is Shannon Jensen, and I am very excited to start my seventh year as Director/Teacher at Noah’s Ark Preschool!  I love working with young children and feel blessed to be a part of their educational journeys!  I genuinely enjoy the company of preschoolers and love to help them learn!

I was born and raised in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Community High School.  I am a graduate of Morningside College, where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and a Reading Endorsement.  In 2016, I attended Northwestern College and earned an endorsement for teaching PreK-Grade 3 regular education and special education.  I have also taken several professional development courses in multiple areas of Early Childhood Education.

I worked with children of various ages at Le Mars Day Care, Inc., where I worked for five years.  I spend my summers tutoring children in preschool through second grades.  I also work at the Le Mars Public Library, where I teach toddlers’ and preschoolers’ storytimes and assist with the Summer Reading Program.  You also may see me working at the library’s circulation desk on Fridays during the school year and on occasional weekends.

I volunteer at St. John’s Lutheran Church by caring for children in the nursery, by caring for children during Moms’ Timeout, and by greeting and lectoring for church services.

My husband, Seth, and I live in Hinton.  In my spare time, I enjoy scrapbooking, manicures, shopping, crafts, movies, and spending time with family and friends.  I also love dogs, particularly our Miniature Australian Shepherd, Piper.

Megan Dirksen, Assistant Teacher

My name is Megan Dirksen.  This will be my second year as Assistant Teacher at Noah’s Ark Preschool.

I was born and raised in Le Mars and graduated from Le Mars Community High School.  I attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies/Public Relations.

I spend most of my time running my three kids to their many activities.  Blake and Brenna are sophomores, and Delaney is in 4th grade.



We love working with preschoolers!