National Speech and Debate Association Maryland Educator of the Year
Matt Martelli, 2018 Nomination
Each year the National Speech and Debate Associate recognizes individual state winners. We are pleased that this year, St. Mary’s teacher Matthew Martelli will be honored, as the NSDA Maryland Educator of the year is the National Speech and Debate Association.
To be eligible, nominees must: be a high school or middle school coach member of the National Speech & Debate Association, be an active classroom teacher in the field of speech and/or debate, have a minimum of five years of classroom experience, demonstrate broader contributions to the field of education outside of their own classroom (e.g., presenting at an education conference; writing curriculum and/or education standards for speech and debate; publishing articles on the educational benefits of speech and debate; instructional coaching to non-speech and debate teachers on how to incorporate speech and debate into their curriculum), provide significant and ongoing support to others in the field of speech and debate education (e.g. mentorship, peer observation, modeling lessons), and model the Association’s Coaches Code of Ethics.
Teacher Matt Martelli stated, "One of the biggest challenges facing us in the 21st century is to truly speak and listen to one another. Each day, we must actively seek to look past our screens, see one another as people with dignity, and communicate in a way that affirms that dignity. I'm grateful for the chance to undertake this mission each day, both with my students in the classroom and beyond."
Principal Mindi Imes stated, "The St. Mary's High School community believes Mr. Matthew Martelli is the Educator of the Year not only because of his expertise, dedication, and commitment to his students, but also because he loves the art of speech and debate and his passion is contagious. Matt is an exemplary role model of the Coaches Code of Ethics in every manner because he leads by example no matter the task. Since Matt’s approach is to care for the whole child, Matt guides students to be their best version and lead their peers by modeling integrity and respect. Colleagues and students alike seek Matt's support and we know that St. Mary’s High School is a better place because he is teaching here."
Each State Educator of the Year will be considered for the national award. The national finalists will be announced January 15, 2018. On March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, one coach will be named the 2018 NSDA National Educator of the Year!
St. Mary’s Parish, a Catholic congregation served by the Redemptorist Order, includes St. Mary’s Church and St. John Neumann Mission Church. St. Mary's Elementary and High School located in downtown Annapolis, Maryland, serve students in grades Kindergarten through 12. Anchored in faith, rooted in tradition, and committed to excellence, our programs build lifelong learners who are servant leaders.