Anabel JensenAnabel Lee Jensen, Ph.D.

Professor, Education and Psychology

With over 30 years of pioneering work in the field of emotional intelligence education, Anabel is an inspiring and caring speaker who helps people find the best in themselves and each other. Anabel says people pay attention to less than 30% of what you say, but 70% of what you do, so she models the lessons she teaches.

Anabel was the principal of Nueva School when Daniel Goleman came and wrote about the model emotional intelligence program there; under her guidance the school also won two Federal Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence in Education. As the Founding President of Six Seconds EQ Network, Dr. Jensen has co-authored four books on teaching EQ, written numerous articles and trained over 10,000 educators and leaders around the globe.

Anabel has taught the principles of emotional intelligence all over the country and beyond. Presently she also teaches Psychological Foundations of Education at Notre Dame de Namur University, where she also coaches/mentors candidates in the credential program; her background includes the teaching and supervising of instruction from preschool to the university level.

Anabel received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976. Her major was reading and language acquisition; her minors were psychology and statistics. She has published several articles, is currently working on two books relating to emotional intelligence and gives numerous workshops/seminars.

Her interests include a passion for reading, the building and consuming of gourmet desserts, the construction of various hand-crafted projects and surfing the net for new ideas. She is very active in a variety of church and community service projects. She has one son, Caleb.


  • Ph.D., Reading and Language. University of California, Berkeley, 1976.
    • Minor: Psychology and Statistics
  • M.Ed., Reading Specialist. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, 1966.
    • Minor: Psychology
  • BA, Psychology. Brigham University, Provo, Utah, 1961.
    • Minor: Sociology

Courses Taught

  • Psychological Foundations
  • Content Reading for Single Subject Candidates
  • Student Teaching Seminar for Single Subject Candidates
  • Student Teaching Seminar for Multiple Subject Candidates
  • Senior Seminar for Liberal Arts Majors

Research and Interests

  • 2006 Study of Emotional Intelligence, Student Success, and Health at NDNU, and Validation study of Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence Youth Version.
  • Teaching interests include: Gifted and Talented Education, Innovative Curriculum, Development/Practical Applications, Educational Psychology, Emotional Intelligence/Character Education Designs, Classroom Management, Conflict Resolution, Gender Differences, Building Optimism/Sustaining Resiliency, Maintaining Motivation and Encouraging Perseverance, Effective Communication Techniques, Reading, Learning Differences, Reading and Writing Strategies for High School Content Teachers, and Moral Development/Principled Behavior.


  • Nominated for the National Teacher of the Year Program, 2001
  • Keller Teaching Excellence Award, Notre Dame University, Belmont, 2001
  • Graduate Dean’s Letter of Recognition verifying the highest of evaluations from students, 1999
  • Outstanding Americans, 1998
  • Who’s Who in American Education, 1998
  • President’s National Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence, 1988, 1997
  • Crystal Castle Award for Exceptional Service to the Gifted Community, 1990
  • Dean’s List, University of California, Berkeley
  • Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dean’s List, Brigham Young University
  • Academic Achievement Scholarship, Brigham Young University

Professional Affiliations

  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
  • California Association for the Gifted (CAG)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC)
  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
  • National League of Middle Schools (NLMS)


  • “Yups and Nopes,” Teacher In-service, Improving Discussion, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Learning Styles,” Teacher In-service, Individual Personality Constructs, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Diagnosing Learning Disabilities.” Teacher In-service, Diagnostic and Prescriptive Methods, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Interpreting I.Q. Profiles.” Teacher In-service, Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Parenting.” A series of workshops for focusing on Stress, Making Agreements and Improving Children’s Self-Esteem, Hillsborough Parent Group, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Rights vs. Lefts — Analyzing Appropriate Environments and Curriculum Approaches for Right-Brained vs. Left-Brained Students,” Nueva Parent Group, Hillsborough, CA.
  • “Reading Acquisition Skills for Pre-schoolers,” Parent Training, San Mateo, CA.

Major Seminars

  • “Correcting Learning Disabilities Within the Classroom,” International Reading Association, ID.
  • “WISC-R Profiles: Detecting Strengths and Weaknesses,” California Association for the Gifted, Los Angeles, CA.
  • “Student Management Principles,” District In-service, Palo Alto, CA.
  • “Raising a Child’s Self-Esteem,” District In-service, Menlo Park, CA.

Special Services

  • Board of Trustees, Oyster Arts, Inc., non-profit organization serving battered women and children, 2002-2004
  • Chairman of the Board, Oyster Arts, Inc., 2000
  • Vice-President, Board of Trustees, Odyssey School, 1997-present
  • Board of Trustees, Carey School, 1997-2001
  • Education Director, San Francisco Stake Relief Society, 1993-1997
  • President, Board of Trustees, San Mateo Parents’ Co-op Nursery School, 1979-1987
  • President, Young Women’s Organization, 1982-1989