WIDL Team

Samuel Martineau has been teaching speech and debate in the homeschool community for thirteen years. He is the founder and director of the Wasatch Independent Debate League, which has been introducing homeschooled students to academic debate for the past ten years. He has also seen significant success as a mock trial coach including coaching two top ten teams at the National Mock Trial Tournament.

 

Samuel Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Weber State University with a B.S. and teaching certificate in Communication Teaching and a minor in History Teaching. 

 

He also recently won the KSL Teacher Feature Teacher of the Week Award.

 

Sam Martineau

Founder, Director, Teacher

Amber Johnson graduated from Utah Valley University in 2018 with a degree in Communications. Since then, Amber has taught elementary education at the Family Lyceum, a private school in Odgen; served as a Program Head and board member for Heroic Youth, a non-profit organization; and headed the 2017 leadership course for AISU's Chinese Foreign Exchange Program. Amber has also worked for six years as a public librarian, and was the Assistant Coach for the 2020 Heber Valley Zion Academy Junior High Mock Trial Team.

In her secondary education Amber spent six years in the Wasatch Independent Debate League, winning the overall award for Outstanding Performance in her senior year.

 

Amber is married to Jared Johnson, and they have two children. 

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Amber Johnson

Teacher

Jantzen Russell

Teacher

Jantzen Russell has years of teaching experience in charter schools, summer camps, and church assignments. In total, he's mentored and taught over a thousand kids. Jantzen is also the owner of the marketing company Revox Marketing.

As a WIDL alumnus, he's passionate about good communication and epic speeches. As a student, his favorite event was Oratory in which he was a regular top five finisher. Jantzen was also a key team member of the first homeschool mock trial team to make it to the state championship in Utah.

Jantzen is a father of two and married to the most beautiful woman in the world. He enjoys running, reading, and making dad jokes.

Rachelle Scott

Teacher

Rachelle Scott is a season-ticket-holding Sun Devil grad. She met her husband at an Arizona State University basketball game and they now have six little devils!

 

She is a business owner, director of a law firm, and a homeschooling mama.  She values learning and has broadened her education by becoming a cosmetologist, a triathlete, and even a ham radio operator.  She enjoys continuing to learn by attending BYU Education Week annually, traveling with her family, and trying to figure out how to get things to grow in Arizona. 

 

She loves teaching and has spent years directing youth camps and women’s retreats, coaching sports, mentoring speech competitions, and serving in her local communities and church. She’s thrilled to be taking on the challenge of expanding the debate program in Arizona!

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Jared Johnson

Tournament Specialist

A successful homeschool and college graduate, Jared Johnson is committed to providing high-quality courses for students pursuing alternative educations. His own education was rich and diverse, including high school college courses, AP classes, Mock Trial, Model UN, and the Wasatch Independent Debate League. These experiences prepared him for early college at Utah Valley University, a mission in Kentucky for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Brigham Young University.

Jared taught Speech and Debate for four years before transitioning to an IT career. He also coaches junior high and high school mock trial teams, and serves on the Communications and IT committee of the National High School Mock Trial board. He lives in American Fork, Utah, with his wife and two kids.

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Charlotte McKenzie

Executive Assistant

Charlotte McKenzie is a homeschooling mom - now for over 20 years.  She has organized,  taught and coached many classes over those years including Mock Trial, Shakespeare and lots of Knights of Freedom and Liberty Girls.  So far, 4 out of her 5 children have participated in speech and debate and all of them have loved and benefited from it. 

 

Charlotte graduated from BYU in Human Development and has started several businesses.  She loves to organize, get things done, plan a great trip or experience, and take on big projects.  She is married to Jon and mom to James, Madeleine, Nathaniel, Caleb and Emma. 

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