High School and was one of the finalists for the county wide award
presented each year in the Osceola County School District.
Coincidentally, his wife Casey, also a teacher, was chosen Teacher of
the Year at Michigan Avenue Elementary. You might say it was a pretty
good year for the Aun family.
Last year Cory won the Osceola County Coach of the Year for the
efforts of his weightlifting team that placed second in the state.
That was the highest finish of any Osceola County team in
weightlifting history. He was recently named the Orange Belt
Conference Coach of the Year in weightlifting for this year.
Being different is a key core value for Cory in both his athletic and
academic endeavors. Cory shows up at school each morning asking
himself “What can I blow up or cut open to keep the students
Laugh if you will, but there are very few personal problems that
cannot be solved through a suitable application of high explosives and
the inner workings of organisms.
Actually, as a science teacher Cory uses his biology skills in the
show-and-tell process in his class. Students pay attention, if for no
other reason than the fact they are fascinated by the science behind
It’s Cory’s way of keeping the kids off balance while teaching them
critical things that will make them better prepared for college when
they matriculate from high school.
“Public education cannot possibly provide everything a student will
need in life,” says Cory. “Science is not just a subject; it is a
process, a verb, a way of approaching problems and questions. Tools in
general can be used for many projects and giving students the tools to
succeed arms them with the ability to tackle an array of problems.”
“Students must be enabled to be critical and skeptical,” observes
Cory, “until they discover or are presented with relevant evidence to
the contrary. This process is what makes science great and can be
applied to all other subjects and to the everyday lives of our
students. As a teacher, this presents multiple opportunities to
incorporate students’ interests and backgrounds.”
“The public must be held accountable in public education,” wrote Cory
in his dissertation to the County. “Teachers, legislators, students,
parents, administrators, and the community all share a responsibility
in education. Accountability must begin at the very area it is meant
to help, the student. All our students and classes are different and
therefore the accountability begins with expectations at the student
level. The teacher, students, and parents must decide on expectations
together.” Cory has always been about educating people with the right
technique to do everything, whether it’s in the classroom or in the
weight room. There is a right way to do the right thing.
For so many years, coaches taught weightlifters that it was brute
upper body strength that one needs to develop. While that has some
merit, the fact is you don’t bench press ball carriers when you make a
tackle. You don’t bench press defensive linemen when you block. The
real strength development must be in the lower body and in the brain.
That’s where real power is created.
Just like the academic arena, preparation is absolutely the key in
weightlifting, football or whatever sport in which you’re involved.
Preparation in sports is about being mentally prepared but is also
about being physically prepared. “Bring attitude and effort to every
practice, every game, and life” says Cory.
The same could be said for all preparation in life. Preparation is
about accountability, not only doing the right things but doing the
right things right.
Robert Schuller, CSP, CPAE, once remarked that “Spectacular
achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation.”
Race car driver Bobby Unser may have said it best: “Success is where
preparation and opportunity meet.”
Football standout Jack Youngblood observed that “Good luck is a
residue of preparation.”
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins, CPAE might have summed it up best
when he said “The meeting of preparation with opportunity generates
the offspring we call luck.”
So the next time you hear about a planned explosion in a science class
at St. Cloud High School, you can mark it up to another Coach Aun
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