The Teacher's Corner is based in Castle Rock, a town about 20 miles south of Denver, Colorado. It was started in 1996 as a hobby website by my wife, Jennifer Jensen (an elementary school teacher). It initially only provided links to teacher resources on the internet. In 1998 we decided to create our own resources and offer them free to teachers and parents. In the years that follow, The Teacher's Corner grew and I joined in on her endeavor. In 2005, it became my full time job.
We have continued growing and evolving for the last ~26 years and have maintained in our goal to remain free and provide useful tools for teachers and parents, while most other sites have moved to a 'pay-to-play' structure.
How have we offered everything for free?
I hear this all the time. Up to 2013, The Teacher's Corner used banner advertising to pay the bills (servers, bandwidth, programmers, designers, and more). We get paid a very small amount for everyone that views or clicks an advertisement on our site. The more people that visit our site, the more revenue The Teacher's Corner makes. We have always tried to make sure our users are not bombarded with advertisements, and that our content is always easy to find and use without intrusive advertising.
Not as easy at it seems...
On February 24th, 2011, Google made a huge change in how they rank sites. The change put many companies out of business! The Teacher's Corner was hurt by this change as well, and lost most of its traffic overnight. For about 2 years we really struggled to keep the site completely free to everyone, losing money, month after month, year after year. We continued working hard and looking for other ways to spread the word about The Teacher's Corner.
In mid 2013, in our ultimate goal to keep most of our tools free to a large majority of users, we began creating and beta testing a premium subscription. These "premium services" offer a little additional features/functionality to our website and are offered at a minimal charge to our users who are interested in these extra services. The premium subscription removes all advertising (which was our sole source of revenue) and the subscription price is intended to replace the lost advertising revenue from our premium subscribers. The premium subscription fee also slightly subsidizes our worldwide free users. Our ultimate goal is to give our services to the most people possible for free, and currently 98-99% of our users are free users.
Today, we continue to rely very heavily on our users spreading the word about The Teacher's Corner. Naturally, if you like something that you see, please tell a friend - or share it on Facebook, or Tweet about it - and do it often! If you see something that needs improvement, contact us and let us know!
Thank you for your support!
CEO JensenWeb, LLC.
dba The Teacher's Corner
In their spare time, Chad & Jennifer love to travel, exploring foreign cultures & foreign waters! You'll find them diving in shark infested waters all around the globe and advocating to stop the brutal shark finning and manta ray gilling trade.
When not working or traveling, Jennifer loves to golf, and Chad loves playing with fast cars! Chad is a Director for a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Warrior's Chariot, Inc, that provides once-in-a-lifetime supercar experiences to our veterans, first responders and children facing adversity. Check out some of our fast car fun below:
Supercar Rally 2019 (Warrior's Chariot - Colorado Springs - Cripple Creek - Warrior testimonial)