New Athletic Trainer is also new to Teaching

Shawnee Gonzalez is the new athletic trainer and teacher at Chaparral High School (CHS). 

Shawnee Gonzalez

Gonzalez’ dream job was to be a veterinarian, but she decided to become an athletic trainer when she got injured playing volleyball in high school. “When my athletic trainer pulled me in, I started working with her, and I end up liking it, so I quit volleyball to do athletic training,” she said.

She enjoys working with her athletes. “I like working with athletes because each individual has a different character: they are so crazy, they are nuts, and everything, but I absolutely love every single one of them, just because they are weird,” she said. 

Gonzalez’ job as an athletic trainer is to secure the safety of all her athletes “I make sure they get back on their feet,” she said. 

“I basically live here, but I do enjoy those hours even though it is hard to manage,” Gonzalez said. For her it is hard to be an athletic trainer because she gives up so many hours and she has to be here everyday and even on holidays and she has to attend to all home games and sends trainee to away games.

Adding to the new trainer’s workload is teaching classes which she had not done before.

“It was really weird, I’ve never taught students before and I’ve never taken teacher classes, so just being a teacher here is a big change for me,” she said. 

Gonzalez said, “For me, seeing different types of injuries is interesting to me, for them, it may not be.” She wants to get her students a bit more involved on how things work, so she tries to get them engaged into something interesting.