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Los Alamos High School Educator Margo Batha Named National Award Finalist

on January 29, 2019 - 5:46pm

Los Alamos High School Speech and Debate Teacher Margo Batha 

National Speech & Debate Association News:

  • Margo Batha is one of five finalists for the National Educator of the Year Award.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) is thrilled to announce the finalists for the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year award.

This award was created to honor an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate.

From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers, the following educators were named as finalists for the national award.

  • Margo Batha, Los Alamos High School, NM;

  • Cara Borgsmiller, Parkway West High School, MO;

  • Karson Kalashian, Orosi High School, CA;

  • James Shapiro, Berkeley Carroll School, NY; and

  • Jamie Wills, Cherokee High School, GA.

“These educators go above and beyond to provide speech and debate education to their students,” NSDA Executive Director J. Scott Wunn said. “Through their dedication and passion for this activity, they have changed the lives of thousands of young people. I’m honored to recognize them for their outstanding service.”

The finalists were nominated for the NSDA National Educator of the Year award by fellow educators, administrators, school board members, and parents across the country. The NSDA selection committee will determine the National Educator of the Year recipient, who will be announced on National Speech and Debate Education Day (March 1, 2019). Additionally, the winner will be invited to serve as a keynote speaker in August at the NSDA National Speech & Debate Conference.

For more information about the award, visit

About the National Speech & Debate Association

The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 150,000 students and coaches every year. For 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.5 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. For more information, visit