The 2016 ETHS Boosters Crystal E Award was presented to Jeff Hannan, Director of the Speech and Debate Team. In addition to his duties as Head Coach of the newly combined Speech and Debate Team, Mr. Hannan is an AVID teacher and academic support specialist, and has been coaching at ETHS since 2008.
Mr. Hannan received an overwhelming number of nominations from both former and current students, as well as parents. In reading through the nominations, it was easy to see that mutual respect, trust and an unflagging sense of humor are the cornerstones of his coaching and mentoring. As one parent describes, “It is never about him. It is always about his students, and that selfless investment makes him an incredibly positive influence.”
Under Mr. Hannan’s leadership, the Speech and Debate Team has been recognized as an NSDA Debate School of Excellence coming in the top 20 schools in the nation.
“He challenges us, but does not push us beyond our limit,” explains one of his students. “He teaches us to accept defeat because his main goal is not to have us win but, instead, to have us improve as debaters, public speakers and citizens of the world. I am grateful to him for everything I have learned, and I know it will help me in my life ahead.”
Congratulations, and many thanks to Mr. Hannan for his many years of unwavering and outstanding service!