Auburn physical education teacher wins state award, reflects on career

As an Auburn school district teacher and coach, Shelly Connors tries to set aside what issues she’s grappling with in her life and focuses on her students.

That said, Connors, physical education teacher for Auburn Junior High School and varsity tennis coach for Auburn High School, feels it’s important to let students know they don’t have to seem as if everything is going perfectly in their lives all the time. For the sake of setting that example, she does sometimes mention to students when she is having a bad day. The students understand, she said, because they’ve had rough days too.

“I think when we try to be something that we’re not, it gives (students) a false image of what reality is really like,” Connors said.

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