Union teacher is educator of the year

Christian Jones from Union High School is the 2017-2018 Oklahoma Educator of the Year by the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA).

According to a press release, “From more than 5,000 member coaches and teachers across the country, Christian Jones was selected as the Oklahoma Educator of the Year because of his unwavering commitment to speech and debate education. His passion for speech and debate has enhanced the quality of education in Oklahoma and beyond.”

“Speech and debate changes lives,” said National Speech & Debate Association Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. “Christian Jones 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 award, educators must coach and teach speech and debate, have a minimum of 5-years’ experience in the classroom, demonstrate contributions to the field of education, provide support and mentorship to the speech and debate community, and model the 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 (announced on March 2).