Kent Willis

'69 Biology

Kent Willis (‘69, Biology), a retired middle school science and math teacher from Fortuna, has left an indelible mark on education. Throughout his career, he received notable recognition, including being named "Humboldt County Teacher of the Year" in 1977 and earning the "Excellence in Teaching Award" from the Humboldt County Office of Education in 1989.

Beyond his classroom duties, Kent actively engaged in drug education, recognizing the importance of guiding young people toward a healthy and safe future. His efforts were acknowledged in 1990 when he received the "Certificate of Recognition" from the Humboldt County Superintendent of Education. This recognition highlighted Kent's significant contributions to improving the lives of young individuals on the North Coast.

Fortuna Middle School honored Kent as "Volunteer of the Year" for teaching advanced math and supporting school events. He established college scholarships for high school graduates in Humboldt County with his wife, Marsha. Kent Willis has made a lasting impact on education, inspiring and empowering students throughout his career.

2023 Distinguished Alumni Winner Kent Willis