Marvista Elementary Teacher honored as ‘Symetra Hero in the Classroom’

Symetra and the Seattle Seahawks honored Marvista Elementary School teacher Jennevieve Acosta as a “Symetra Hero in the Classroom” this week.

Seattle Seahawks Running Back C. J. Prosise was on hand to help present the award during a surprise assembly at the K–6 school in Normandy Park, Washington, where Acosta is a teacher in the Emotional Behavioral Center program. Highline Public Schools Superintendent Susan Enfield joined Prosise and Symetra Vice President Andrew Farrell for the presentation.

“Jennevieve Acosta took on the challenge of leading the Emotional Behavioral Center (EBC) program for our 4th –6th-grade students with enthusiasm and tremendous commitment,” said Melissa Pointer, principal at Marvista Elementary School. “Through Jennevieve’s countless hours of hard work, she has been able to evolve the program into a place where students are successfully learning how to effectively manage their behavior and communication with others. As a result, they’re interacting with one another and with staff in respectful ways and spending more time engaged in rigorous learning for extended periods.” Pointer nominated Acosta for the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® award.

“Our EBC program students are feeling proud and more confident,” said Pointer. “Thanks to Jennevieve Acosta’s efforts, they see themselves as included, accepted members of the school community. She is literally changing the trajectory of the lives of the students in the program, and we are so thrilled she is on our team!”

Acosta is one of 16 K–12 teachers across the Puget Sound area that will be honored for educational excellence in the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® program during the 2017 NFL season. More than 240 teachers around the region have been celebrated since the program’s inception in 2006.

Teachers are recognized in front of their students and peers at surprise in-school presentations, and they receive a $2,000 donation from Symetra for classroom books and supplies. In addition, they receive tickets to a Seahawks home game and are acknowledged during an on-field presentation at CenturyLink Field. Acosta will be recognized at the Dec.17 game when the Seahawks take on the Los Angeles Rams.

Teachers may be nominated by their principal, district staff, student or student’s parent. The winners are selected based on their ability to make a real difference in students’ lives; to go above and beyond in their day-to-day responsibilities; and to help students build life skills.

More information about Symetra Heroes in the Classroom® is available at

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