The week of November 15 through November 19 is American Education Week. American Education Week presents all Americans with an opportunity to celebrate public education and honor individuals who are making a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. This week the district will spotlight staff to show them the appreciation they deserve.
Green Park Elementary Physical Education Teacher Jennifer Knowles was born and raised in Walla Walla. She graduated from Walla Walla High School and went on to receive an Associates of Arts degree from Walla Walla Community College. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Walla Walla College (University) and her master’s degree from Eastern Washington University.
Jennifer considers former Pioneer Middle School counselor Jim Deeney her most influential educator. He was also her AAU basketball coach. She says he loved the students he worked with and shared that love and enthusiasm with her. He was the first person that talked to Jennifer about being a teacher. After being encouraged by Mr. Deeney, she wanted to follow in the path of educating students.
Jennifer has worked for Walla Walla Public Schools for 25 years. She also has experience in the district coaching middle school basketball and high school volleyball. She says she loves working with kids in the gym and encouraging them to stay active.
Jennifer is passionate about her community. She is active in the Cowboy Church Drill Team and has performed at the Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days. She enjoys spending time with her family, riding horses and crafting.
Jennifer is married to City of Walla Walla Deputy Fire Chief John Knowles. They have two boys; Mason (21) and Brady (18).
Thank you for taking the time to celebrate district staff who are making a difference in ensuring every Walla Walla child receives a quality education.