EILEEN CONNERS - OUR NAMESAKE
Eileen Conners was a Clark County School District educator for thirty three years. Mrs. Conners was born in Veteran, Wyoming in 1924. She moved to Boulder City in 1931 at the age of seven years old, when her father moved the family to work on the construction of Hoover Dam. The family traveled from Wyoming to Boulder City in a Model T Ford. A young Eileen attended school in Las Vegas and had to ride a bus to Las Vegas. At the time, Railroad Pass did not exist and it was quite a trip indeed.
After graduation from Las Vegas High School at the age of fourteen, Mrs. Conners attended the University of Nevada, Reno and returned to Southern Nevada to begin her teaching career. Mrs. Conners was hired into the Clark County School District by Principal Elbert Edwards. Her first teaching assignment was in Henderson, but after one year she accepted a teaching position in Boulder City. She then transferred to Boulder City and taught in the basement of Grace Church.
She met a young soldier named Bob Conners who was stationed in Camp Williston in Boulder City. They were married in 1943. They remained in Boulder City where they were very active in political and social affairs. The Conners raised three sons: Dennis, Bill and Tom.
Mrs. Conners was a dedicated teacher for thirty three years. She taught various grade levels at Andrew Mitchell Elementary School. Many referred to her as the most influential teacher they ever had during their school years. She taught with great enthusiasm and her thirst for knowledge was contagious. Her foundation for teaching was honesty, honor and respect for others. This foundation for teaching was adopted as our school’s motto.
While working countless hours teaching, pursuing her master’s degree and raising three sons, she still felt it her duty to serve her community. She was the founding member of Beta Sigma Phi, which is a service sorority. During the thirty years she was a member, she spearheaded many projects. She served as counselor to another chapter of the sorority which has a scholarship in her name that is awarded yearly to a Boulder City female. She was quite an amateur archaeologist and spent many happy hours scouting the desert for sites of early man.
Her contributions in the educational community were many. She served on a committee tasked to design a new type of school. The result is the pod-type school found throughout the district today. Mrs. Conners served on several curriculum committees as well.
In 1980, Eileen retired from teaching but remained active in the community. She passed away in 1994. Eileen Conners lived a life of sharing knowledge and a love for learning with countless children. She shared with them her love of southern Nevada history and culture, and a love for her community.