Jorgenson earned her B.S. degree from Weber State University in 1985 and a Master's Degree from Xavier University, New Orleans, in 1990.
She began her teaching career in Granite School District, teaching at Calvin Smith ElementarySchool for four years.
Jorgenson transferred to Monte Vista Elementary School in Davis District where she taught for most of her career, until the school closed last year. She finished her tenure at Woods Cross ElementarySchool in June 2004.
During her time at Monte Vista Elementary School Jorgenson taught first grade and was noted for bringing diversity to a school where there was a less than 1 percent non-caucasian student body.
She developed a three-week Reading Around the World school-wide activity where, for the last half hour of the day, students rotated to a different classroom to learn about a new country. The experience included map identification and brief geography, a food experience provided by the PTA and reading an illustrated folk-tale from that country.
The tradition continued for many years with other cultural activities branching out from it.
Jorgenson was famous with her students and their parents for her "Twelve Days of Christmas" which allowed students to explore holiday religious traditions from a dozen different cultures with games, foods, books, and art projects.
Many of her students who are grown and are now parents still have their Giant Book, an oversized book they each authored and illustrated in Jorgenson's first grade classroom. And none of her students from the 1991-92 school year will ever forget the day "Miss Viola Swamp" came to substitute.
"My most treasured accomplishment came from my 'Writing Workshop' and the exuberance of reading and writing my students displayed," said Jorgenson. She continues to receive cards and letters from former students.
Among her professional accomplishments are a District Hall of Fame teaching award, president of DCIRA (Davis County International Reading Association), inservice teacher for DSD and reading conferences throughout the state of Utah.
In 1997 Jorgenson was selected as the "Utah Reading Teacher of the Year." She was a finalist for the National Presidential Award in Excellence in Math in 1996.
She also had a former student who is in college nominate her for "Who's Who in America 2004."
Jorgenson plans to travel and spend time with family this summer.