A Millard West High School debate coach has been named educator of the year by the National Debate Coach Association.
Fred Robertson was one of four finalists for this year's award, the only one from Nebraska. He was nominated by former students and fellow debate coaches from across the country.
Robertson flew to Nashville, Tenn., with his wife to accept his award on April 13.
“The debate community is really special group of people, and it means a lot for me to get that from fellow coaches nationally,” he said.
Robertson, who has been coaching debate for 28 years, said he has always enjoyed working with people in the beginning stages of debate.
“It's rewarding to work with kids who get to top national levels,” he said. “In debate you are competing with the smartest kids, and if you get to that top level where you are competing nationally, it's rewarding.”
After 34 years of teaching, Robertson plans to retire at the end of this academic year, but not until he takes four students to the National Forensics League National Tournament in Birmingham, Ala., in June.
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