• Debra Buckley Awarded New England Enterprising Educator of the Year

    by  • January 11, 2018 • Local, Profiles • 0 Comments

    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 is currently a freshman at Malden High school. Born in the Philippines, Matnog moved to Malden at six months old. He then began his schooling at the Cheverus School before transferring to Ferryway for the second grade. He plans on joining the Malden High Lacrosse team this spring. Matnog’s favorite TV show is South Park and he enjoys the movie Forrest Gump. He enjoys listening to country artists such as Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band. Matnog spends his free time skateboarding and snowboarding depending on the season. Upon graduating, Matnog hopes to attend West Point Military Academy in New York and major in mechanical engineering.

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