Jan Christensen joined the Redwood City School District as superintendent in May, 2006.
Under Ms. Christensen's leadership, the Redwood City School District embraced new instructional strategies and an emphasis on data-driven instruction that has resulted in significant academic gains and a narrowing of the achievement gap among its diverse student population.
Ms. Christensen has been an active member of the Redwood City community, serving as President of the San Mateo County Superintendent’s Association, Chair of the San Mateo County of Education SELPA Board, Vice Chair of the Redwood City Chamber of Commerce and on the Sequoia Hospital Community Advisory Council.
Ms. Christensen was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan. She began her work in education in 1978 in Plymouth, Michigan as a middle school teacher, teaching grades 6-8. In 1981 she moved to Alaska and taught at Sitka High School for one year and Clark Middle School for 5 years. Following a one-year internship Mrs. Christensen served as an Anchorage assistant principal for two years first at Hanshew Middle School and then at Mears Middle School. She served as an assistant principal at East High School for 3 years before being appointed as principal at Chugiak High School. From July 2001 to April 2006 Ms. Christensen was the Anchorage School District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
Ms. Christensen graduated from Eastern Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in history and minored in English. She also earned a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in educational leadership. She has completed post-masters course work in leadership, curriculum, and instruction at Gonzaga University in their doctoral program. She has also been an adjunct professor at University of Alaska Anchorage where she taught courses in curriculum and leadership, organizational development and leadership and politics and education.
Ms. Christensen and her husband have traveled extensively throughout the United States and enjoy being active members of the local community.