Congratulations to Rowland Hall Debate Coach Mike Shackelford: in December, the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) named him Utah's Educator of the Year.
From Mr. Shackelford: "I'm fortunate to have supportive administrators, understanding parents, helpful assistants, and talented kids! I feel honored, especially because I know I was nominated by close friends and colleagues. However, I'm always a little uncomfortable receiving individual recognition. Debate is my life and coaching is my professional passion, but the team's success wouldn't be possible without countless other people within and outside our school. Ultimately, this award will motivate me to continue working as hard as possible. Thank you!"
State award recipients are considered for the NSDA National Educator of the Year award. The national winner will be announced Friday, March 2, as part of the National Speech and Debate Education Day celebration.