Debra Buckley Awarded New England Enterprising Educator of the Year

Debra Buckley, who teaches entrepreneurship here at Malden High School, was recently awarded the New England Enterprising Educator of the Year. As one of the many school partners with the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), Buckley is the only educator to receive this award in all of New England.

Debra Buckley teaching her class. Photo by Falyn Kelley.

Buckley has been teaching entrepreneurship for about 10 years after some past entrepreneurship teachers have left the school. Buckley enjoys teaching her class and the trips that come along with it, such as going to New York in the fall and Babson College in the spring, to showcase the students’ business ideas and compete against other schools. Buckley has taught many students including Allyson Kummins, who recently graduated and was accepted into Babson College which is a private business school in Massachusetts.

Her students, previous and current, have been interested in the material in her classes as she also teaches the business management class. Freshman Alex Cogliano is one of her students and he believes that he has been taught some very useful lessons that he can use in the real world. He believes that “[entrepreneurship] is an exciting class, and one that [he] look[s] forward going to everyday. The environment is positive and [he] enjoy[s] learning what [Buckley] is teaching” He stated that “[Buckley] is well deserving of receiving the award”.  

On Entrepreneurship, Buckley explained that “[She is] fortunate to have a year long class”, and most schools do this as a summer program. Buckley said she has had some interesting guests such as one that offered money to students who answered questions correctly. Buckley feels very humbled to accept the award and hopes to keep teaching for years to come.

Gabriel Matnog

Gabriel Matnog, or Gabe as he prefers to be called, is a returning member to the Blue and Gold. This year, Matnog is determined to learn more about journalism. Currently, he hopes to focus on writing for the sports section since he enjoyed writing about numerous sports last year. Some of his friends have gone to South Korea for the World Junior Championships and is rooting for their success. Aside from precision shooting, Matnog enjoys a plethora of other sports including golf, snowboarding, and lacrosse. On weekends, if it is possible, he will do some homework and hit the golf field. His favorite extracurriculars include speech and debate as well the Boy Scouts (even though he completed it and currently is considered an “Eagle Scout”). Eventually, he aspires to be a chemical engineer and go to MIT, since he is good at math and science and comes from a long line of scientists.

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