Teacher aims to deliver soccer lesson

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Teacher aims to deliver soccer lesson

Perth Glory's women's team player and award winning school teacher Shannon May pictured with her supportive year 2 students at Kensington Primary School. Shannon will be playing in today's grand final. Picture: Lincoln Baker/The West Australian.

This has been Shannon May's biggest week and if all goes well tomorrow, it will be hard to beat.

May, 23, has a pivotal role in Perth Glory's grand final against Canberra United at nib Stadium.

A first W-League Glory title would be particularly special for the Tuart Hill midfielder, a founding player seven years ago.

If the home team wins, she will make a beeline for a group of cheering young supporters - her first class of students.

Not only is she a star player, May is an award-winning teacher at Kensington Primary School.

And rather than take time off to prepare for the big clash, she spent last week teaching.

"I love my job and I wanted to spend the last week with my kids," she said. "You see them grow over a whole year and you really get to know them and build relationships.

"They've been coming to all the home games and pretty much all of them are going to be there on Sunday with their families."

May recently received one of 10 A Day Made Better awards, a national teaching recognition program by OfficeMax. She was nominated by parents for going above and beyond for her class.

"I try to make all lessons engaging, fun and hands-on because if I'm excited about my lesson, it reflects on the kids," she said.

Now her attention is on Canberra United, who beat the Glory in the last game of the regular season when they were missing key players. "We're a lot more confident this week," she said.