WIDL Team

Samuel Martineau has been teaching speech and debate in the homeschool community for fourteen 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 thirteen years. He has also seen significant success as a mock trial coach including coaching three 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. 

 

Samuel is a 2021 U.S. Distinguished Teacher as well as a recipient of the KSL Teacher Feature Teacher of the Week award.

 

Sam Martineau

Founder, General Director, Teacher

Jantzen Russell

Director of Marketing, 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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NaLyn Nelson

Teacher

NaLyn Nelson is new to the Wasatch Independent Debate League and excited for this new adventure!  She homeschooled her four children, now ages 19-25.  she loves teaching and has taught various youth classes for 10 years. 

She loves learning, reading, football, gardening, being a grandma, and spending time with her family.

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Jamie Whittier

Teacher

A Utah State graduate with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Jamie Whittier has worked with many businesses in her career managing public relations campaigns, writing marketing, email and social media campaigns, and organizing events and conventions. 

 

But her favorite career is her job as a stay-at-home homeschool mom of four, wife to Shane, and lifelong learner. 

 

Aside from teaching speech and debate classes, she co-directs Heber Valley Children’s Choir and loves gardening, reading, chocolate, and Garth Brooks concerts. 

Megan Lee

Teacher

Megan Lee has degrees in Communication and Law and Constitutional Studies and was a director over a learning center where she helped train teachers and tutor youth for several years.

Debating, was by far, one of the best things that she pursued during her education. Her main events were Lincoln Douglas, Impromptu and Mock Trial, where she placed in the top five at almost every tournament she competed. She is passionate about what debate can do for students' confidence, critical thinking, listening and ability to communicate strong opinions in non-contentious ways. 

Megan is a homeschool mama of four wonderful littles, a board member for ANWA, a closet fiction writer and a major foodie. She and her family love camping, trail running and experimenting to find the perfect cookie recipe.

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McKay Earl

Teacher

McKay Earl is a God-loving, family-loving, homeschool dad of 7 and enjoys every minute of the fun ride.  A product of homeschool himself he gained a strong foundation that led to a love for a classically-based, leadership-focused education.

 

An entrepreneur at heart, he has started multiple businesses and works now as a marketing consultant where he has helped hundreds of small business owners grow their companies.

 

McKay also loves cycling, camping and the great outdoors - and especially when he can do all three at the same time! He and his beautiful bride of 21 years live in Gilbert Arizona.

Emma Engstrom

Teacher

Emma Engstrom is a college student majoring in business at BYU. She participated in WIDL for five years and is a big fan. She also competed in mock trial, with her team eventually placing top ten nationwide. She’s loved every teaching opportunity that has come her way, including teaching a government class and co-coaching mock trial. Emma is passionate about the mission of WIDL. She knows from personal experience just how fun and rewarding it can be. Debate is the best college prep she knows of and she utilizes skills learned in debate every day. 

Emma enjoys swing dancing, cooking, practicing her mission language (Thai), fixing her car, all things outdoors, and spending time with her six younger sisters.

Amy Jones

Teacher

Amy Jones has been teaching children and teens for more than a decade. From running a preschool to teaching high school speech and economics courses to fulfilling numerous church assignments she loves teaching youth and helping them achieve their potential.


Amy has a B.S. in Behavioral Science and Health and is always trying to learn more about how people work. She is a homeschool mom of six and thrives in the constructive chaos.

 
Amy and her awesome husband of 18 years have enjoyed criss-crossing the United States, living in Washington state for 10 years and South Carolina for 5. They recently moved to South Weber and are excited to experience all Utah has to offer. Amy loves being outside, organizing, reading, baking, ‘adventuring’ and eating great food. 

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Jared Johnson

Director of Tournaments

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.

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.