DES MOINES, Iowa The National Speech & Debate Association has named a Parkersburg teacher its 2017-2018 West Virginia Educator of the Year.
Michelle Talbott, the head coach and teacher of Theatre, Speech and Debate at Parkersburg South High School, was announced as the 2017-2018 West Virginia Educator of the Year award winner during the National Speech & Debate Association Awards ceremony on Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa.
Talbott was selected from a list of more than 5,000 coaches and teachers across the U.S. as the West Virginia winner.
NSDA Executive Director, J. Scott Wunn, said:
“Michelle Talbott has provided outstanding leadership in helping students improve their communication skills, build confidence, and increase critical thinking skills. All of these skills will better prepare students for college, a career, and a successful life after school.”
To be nominated for this prestigious award educators must coach and teach speech and debate, have a minimum of 5-years’ experience in the classroom, demonstrate broad contributions to the field of education, provide support and mentorship to the speech and debate community, and model the established NSDA Coach Code of Ethics.
Additionally, each State Educator of the Year award winner will be considered for the 2017-2018 National Educator of the Year Award. The national award winner will be announced on National Speech and Debate Education Day on March 2, 2018.