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Member Spotlight: Shelese McConnell
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Shelese became the Business Manager at North Beach School District in 2017. Prior to this, and while still in high school, she completed her AA degree in Business through the Running Start Program. During this time, she worked as an Intern at Capital Region ESD 113 in the Media/Educational Technology Department. She continued her education at Western Washington University to attain her BA in Accounting. While in Bellingham, she worked as a lead teller at People’s Bank in Lynden, then moved to an accountant position and processed payroll at other companies. She then met and married her husband and they moved back to the Olympia area to be closer to their families. Shelese now resides in McCleary, WA with her husband and two German Shepherds, Kaias and Mazikeen.


Member Spotlight Q & A:

What is your role at North Beach School District?

I am the Business Manager and I also process payroll and benefits.

What brought you into school district business?

My first job was interning at Educational Service District 113 and after working with different school district employees I knew that I wanted to stay in the same type of environment. When I got my accounting degree, the Business Manager part fell into place.

What has helped you most in your career development?

Extremely helpful trainers and not being afraid to ask questions.

What do you enjoy most about your position?

Staying busy! In my position I am constantly going from task to task and I enjoy the commotion of it all.

What has been your proudest moment in your career?

As a new Business Manager, every time I complete a task is a proud moment for me. 

How has your involvement as a WASBO member helped you most?

Networking and professional development. The training opportunities that WASBO offers have been very helpful, especially when first starting in my position. 

How do you balance work and family life? 

I am still working on the balancing part, though I have a great husband who knows when to take my computer away from me.

What do you find to be the most challenging part of your job?

I think it will always be challenging deciding which tasks to prioritize first, but that’s part of the responsibility. 

What has been your favorite project?

I don't have a favorite project, though I did enjoy my own personal project of reorganizing and redecorating my office.

Do you have a favorite personal motto/mantra or philosophy?

Early lasts for hours, on time lasts for a moment and then you’re late.

Per my favorite comedian, Mike Birbiglia.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

My all-time favorite show is a soap opera, General Hospital. I don’t think I have missed an episode in years.  Before that I religiously watched the soap opera, One Life to Live, which I started watching in elementary school until it was cancelled when I was in college. You could say I have a long relationship with soap operas. :)

What are your favorite things to do when you aren’t working?

Binge-watching TV shows with my family or reading.


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