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Whittier Elementary School teacher Jennifer Nonisa earns awards for continuing good work

Jennifer Nonisa, Karena Hooks (Nonisa's mentor), and Jerod Grant.
Left to right: Jennifer Nonisa, Karena Hooks (Nonisa's mentor), and Jerod Grant. Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools.

By Mary Waggoner, Everett Public Schools Director of Communications.

Jennifer Nonisa was named co-recipient of the Snohomish County NAACP President’s Award.

Jennifer Nonisa, a combined third- and fourth-grade teacher at Whittier Elementary School, was surprised when she received the award recognizing her community service work in the county, particularly with youth.

However, it was no surprise to her co-workers at Whittier. “You are amazing!” said Marci Cooper, office manager at Whittier. “Congratulations to you Jen! Very much deserved.” 

Co-recipient Jerod Grant, Director of the Diversity & Equity Center at Everett Community College, recognized Nonisa last year when she received the Tonya Royer Outstanding Community Service Award.

“I was shocked, speechless, and humbled to receive this acknowledgement,” said Nonisa.

Everett native Nonisa is in her third year at Whittier Elementary School and is a graduate of Western Washington University.