DebateUS! provides online coaching and tutoring and speech and debate for individual students, student groups, schools, and debate training academies. We have tutored more than 200 students for more than 3,000 total hours in Canada, China, the United States, and Taiwan. We’ve also run training programs in the Dominican Republic and South Korea.
The Global Academic Commons only hires the very best and most experienced instructors so that we can provide the very best instruction to all of our students. Most of our instructors have more than two decades of teaching experience and even our younger instructors have demonstrated exceptional academic and competitive success. We know that all competitors and parents want the very best and we are committed to providing just that.
The Founder of Global Academic Commons and the Director of Global Academic Commons Online programs, Stefan was a policy debate coach for the Harvard University Debate Council for twelve years, and is currently the Debate Coach for Lakeland School District, as well as the Founder and Director of Millennial Speech & Debate, the Georgetown Public Forum Debate Workshop, the Georgetown Public Forum debate tournament, and the Middle School Tournament of Champions. Stefan has been actively teaching speaking and debating in the United States at both the high school and college levels since 1994. During that time, he has taught hundreds of students, developed and tabulated more than one hundred tournaments, spent thousands of hours developing research and instructional materials for debaters all over the country, and has developed academic speech and debate workshops in the United States and abroad. His students have reached the late elimination rounds of all the major high school debate tournaments, have qualified to the TOC, finished 6th out of more than 200 teams at US NSDA nationals, and have competed in all formats. He has worked to develop debate in the US, Canada, China, the Dominican Republic, Korea, Japan, Morocco, and Taiwan. High school students he has worked with have been admitted to Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Emory, Georgetown, Northwestern, and many additional top US universities. His elementary students have been accepted to Harrow International School Hong Kong and Legacy International in Switzerland.
Stefan is available to teach all debate events, public speaking, and assist with preparation for Model United Nations.
Dr. Rachel Williams is the Director of Public Speaking Curriculum Development and Lead Public Speaking Instructor at Global Academic Commons. She holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from the Pennsylvania State University and has presented and published her work in the United States and abroad. Dr. Williams has over 10 years teaching experience at universities in the U.S. and France, where she has designed and taught a wide variety of courses focused on the development of speaking and writing skills in both English and French, from the beginner to the advanced levels. She has also taught English as a Second Language, with an emphasis on the acquisition of public speaking and composition skills, at Université Lumière Lyon II in Lyon, France.
At Global Academic Commons, Dr. Williams has hundreds of hours of tutoring experience and works with students of all ages to improve their public speaking and writing skills. She teaches courses focused on tournament preparation and more general courses designed to increase skill-level on a broader spectrum. Her Original Oratory students have been very successful, going on to reach the final rounds and win at several tournaments.
Rachel is available to teach public speaking, Original Oratory, and middle school and beginner Public Forum Debate. She is also our French tutor.
Dr. Kevin D. Kuswa received his PhD from the University of Texas at Austin in Communication Studies and has been teaching debate and argumentation for almost three decades. He was in the finals of the Tournament of Champions in Policy Debate, the Top Speaker at NSDA Nationals, National Debate Tournament (NDT) Champion for Georgetown, Coach of the NDT winners from Dartmouth College, and has run countless labs at debate workshops around the country. He has taught for a number of colleges and Universities, has published widely in journals such as Rhetoric and Public Address and the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and has authored his own textbook called Argumentation and Critical Thought. Currently the head of the debate program and an Upper Division English teacher at Berkeley Preparatory School in Florida, Dr. Kuswa is excited to share his knowledge and experience with all students, near and far.
Kevin is available to teach all forms of debate.
Kirsten Nash is the director of forensics at Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Texas, where she has been coaching for 13 years. Under Kirsten’s leadership, the Hendrickson team has won 6 University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Championships, had a Texas Forensic Association (TFA) State Champion Speaker in Policy Debate, and multiple TFA and UIL state finalists. She has had NSDA and TOC elimination round participants in PF, Policy, Extemp, Congress, Original Oratory, Dramatic Interp and World School’s Debate. The team was awarded as a NSDA School of Honor in 2016.
Ms. Nash has served as the President of the Texas Forensic Association in 2016, is currently the TFA Archivist and serves on the NSDA Heart of Texas District Committee. In addition to her coaching role, Ms. Nash teaches government, communication and AP Seminar. She has written communications and public speaking curriculum used statewide by members of the Texas Forensic Association and was responsible for the curriculum development for debate, public speaking, oral interpretation and communications for Pflugerville school disrrict. Nash has been awarded the UIL Sponsor of Excellence Award, the VFW Citizenship Education Award, Austin Community College’s Building Tomorrow’s Young Leaders Award, and the Kandi King Award for Excellence in Coaching. She is a Two Diamond coach for NSDA. Outside of the classroom, Nash is an avid reader and enjoys traveling and spending time with her daughters, Madelyn and Kaitlyn.
Kirsten is available to teach all forms of debate and public speaking.
Brian Manuel is the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University and the Director of Debate at Edgemont High School. Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, where his teams were greatly successful achieving multiple First Round At-Large bids to the National Debate Tournament and participated in elimination rounds. At Stanford, Brian has coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament and the Cross Examination Debate Association National Championship. On the high school circuit, Brian has coached the champions of the 2003 Bronx Science, 2008 Barkley Forum, 2011 Meadows & USC tournaments, and the 2012 Golden Desert Invitational. In addition, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA Nationals with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012, in addition to coaching the top speaker at NSDA Nationals in 2013.High school students he has worked with have been admitted to Georgetown, Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Emory, Georgetown, Northwestern, and many additional top US universities. Brian is the Assistant Director of the Global Academic Commons online programs.
Brian is available to teach all debate events and public speaking.
Joshua Gonzalez has more than 20 years’ experience coaching debate at the high school and college levels and is currently an Assistant Coach for the debate team at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. Previously, Joshua served as a Lecturer and the Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Houston (TX) and an Assistant Coach for the debate teams at the University of Iowa, Wake Forest University (NC), and Michigan State University. Joshua has coached numerous late-elimination round qualifiers at national championship tournaments in both collegiate and high school debate, including the 2006 National Debate Tournament Champions and 2009 Runners-Up.
Currently, Josh is the Director of the St. Louis Urban Debate League and is one of our regular online teachers. Josh has coached more than 100 hours of debate online and many of his students have reached the late elimination rounds of Public Forum tournaments.
Joshua is available to teach all debate events.
Glen Frappier is a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies and the Director of the Gonzaga University Debate Program. Under his leadership, Gonzaga has achieved numerous successes at the highest levels of collegiate policy debate. In 2012, Glen’s achievements were recognized by the National Debate Tournament as the recipient of the George Ziegelmueller Award, presented annually to a coach who has distinguished themselves in the communication profession while coaching teams to competitive success at the NDT. In addition to coaching, Glen has 20 years of classroom experience teaching a wide array of college courses, including Public Speaking, Argumentation, Nonverbal Communication, Persuasion, Rhetorical Criticism, and Introduction to Rhetoric. He has also served as a communications consultant on issue and candidate campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. Glen has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Communication from Southern Illinois University.
Glen is available to teach all debate events, public speaking, and general communication courses.
Dr. Mikaela Malsin is currently the Director of Debate at Georgetown University, where she also serves as Director of the summer Georgetown Debate Seminar for high school students. She received her M.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia.
In her first year as Director at Georgetown, Dr. Malsin coached her team to the final round of the college National Debate Tournament (NDT), where they lost on a 4-3 decision and finished second. In her previous position as Associate Director of Debate at Emory University, her alma mater, she coached multiple first round at large bids to the National Debate Tournament, as well as one team who placed third in the Copeland award rankings. As a coach at Wake Forest University, she coached teams she coached teams receiving first round bids and clearing at the National Debate Tournament. Dr. Malsin has also taught debate at the Emory National Debate Institute, the Dartmouth Debate Institute, the Georgia Debate Institute, and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance Summer Institute.
Mikaela is available to teach Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Public Speaking.
Tyler Snelling is currently completing a doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Iowa with an emphasis on Rhetoric and Public Advocacy. He graduated magna cum laude with a B.A in Philosophy and Sociology from Concordia College. In addition to a co-authored chapter in The Image of Disability: Essays on Media Representations, Snelling has over a dozen professional presentations at conferences like the National Communication Association, Rhetoric Society of America, and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. He has taught public speaking to over 100 students in addition to several collegiate courses focusing on persuasive communication and media.
Snelling competed in policy debate for seven years and has coached college policy debate for five years. As a competitor, he qualified to the Tournament of Champions, the National Speech and Debate Tournament twice, and the National Debate Tournament twice. Snelling won a Nebraska State Championship in 2011, multiple regional tournaments in college, and was in elimination rounds at Wake Forest’s tournament. Four teams under his guidance have reached elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament, several wins at regional tournaments, and two became co-champions at the 2018 Cross Examination Debate Association National Tournament.
Tyler is available to teach all forms of debate.
Matt Stannard, JD, has over 15 years of experience teaching and coaching a wide variety of speech and debate events to both high school and college students. He is currently an instructor at the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshops and the Coordinator at Climb the Mountain Speech and Debate. He is the former Director of Forensics at University of Wyoming, where he oversaw their debate programs. He has experience teaching and coaching the following events at both the college and high school levels: policy (NDT/CEDA) debate, parliamentary (NPDA/NPTE) debate, Lincoln-Douglas debate, Public Forum debate, platform speaking events (Original Oratory and persuasive speaking) and extemporaneous speaking.
At the college level, Matt has taught a wide variety of debate and speech events at University of Wyoming, California State University-Long Beach, and College of Eastern Utah. His students have met with great success: he coached the NPDA/NPTE National Parliamentary Debate champions, regional and district championships in NDT/CEDA, and multiple elimination round participants at NDT, CEDA, NPDA, and NPTE. He has taught summer institute classes at Korean Debate Institute, Vermont’s World Debate Institute, and the Wyoming Debate Cooperative. He has also taught a variety of courses on argumentation, public speaking, persuasion, introduction to rhetoric, and other speech-related communication courses.
Matt also has extensive experience at the high school level. In addition to his current positions at the Harvard Debate Council and Climb the Mountain Debate, he has worked at the Emory National Debate Institute, Wyoming Forensics Institute, and Sun Country Forensics Institute for high school students.
The students Matt has taught online have reach the elimination rounds in Public Forum debate, reached the finals of Original Oratory, and have placed in the 21st Century Public Speaking competition.
Matt is available to teach Public Forum Debate, Original Oratory, and Public Speaking.
Mike Lacy is the head debate coach at Ivy Bridge Academy (IBA). Mike first got into debate doing Policy at Chattahoochee High School. While there, he was a Novice, JV, and 2-time Varsity state champion, quarterfinalist at MBA, semifinalist at Emory, finalist at Harvard, champion of the Glenbrooks, and received a top 5 speaker award at all of those tournaments. He qualified for the TOC his junior and senior year, receiving a total of 13 TOC bids and eventually reached the quarterfinals there.
Mike continued Policy debate into college, receiving a debate scholarship to the University of Georgia. While there, Mike served as President of the Georgia Debate Union while qualifying for the NDT all 4 years, receiving an at-large bid as a top 16 team 3 of those years, and reaching the octafinals of the NDT twice. He majored in Economics and minored in Philosophy.
Since starting the debate program at IBA, Mike has shifted his focus to Public Forum debate. His coaching accolades include finalists at Georgetown, finalists at middle school NSDA Nationals, and semifinalists at the middle school TOC, in addition to top speaker each of those tournaments. Multiple schools that he has worked with have been recognized as a “School of Excellence” at NSDA Nationals.
Mike is available to teach all forms of debate and public speaking.
Dr. Matthew Moore is currently the Director of Debate at the University of Central Oklahoma, where he also serves as the Director of the Central Oklahoma Debate Institute for high school students. Matt received his M.S. in Communications from Southern Illinois University and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Missouri.
Matt has been coaching college policy debate since 1999. Matt turned the UCO program from a dying regional program that was on the verge of being cancelled, to a nationally competitive team. UCO teams have competed in elimination rounds at major national tournaments, have qualified to the National Debate Tournament every year since 2014, received the school’s first ever first round bid to the National Debate Tournament, and have been have received recognition as one of the top public debate schools in the United States. Prior to coaching at UCO, Dr. Moore coached at Augustana College and Southern Illinois University, worked 10 years at the Gonzaga Debate Institute, and served as a program coordinator for the St. Louis Urban Debate League.
Matt is available to teach all forms of debate and public speaking.
Martin Osborn has been debating and coaching debate since his high school days in Wyoming, totaling nearly 18 years. As a high school debater, Martin placed 7th at NSDA Nationals and also became part of the only class in the history of Wyoming to attend the TOC. As a competitor for Missouri State University, Martin qualified to the college National Debate Tournament (NDT) four times and was awarded Top Speaker at both the NDT and Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) Nationals his senior year. CEDA also graced him with the “Baby Jo” Debater of the Year award.
Later, Martin earned his M.A. at Wake Forest University while coaching and helping to rebuild one of the most successful programs in the United States, including a Kentucky round robin appearance, multiple first-round bids, and elimination appearances at every tournament, including the NDT. Since then, he has worked with NDT programs at Kansas State and the University of North Texas. As a high school coach, Martin’s teams have appeared in late elimination rounds at tournaments such as Montgomery Bell Academy, Emory, Glenbrooks, and multiple Tournament of Champions (TOCs). Over the last decade, he has worked at many of the country’s premier high school camps, including Berkeley, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Stanford, and UMKC. He currently coaches skills and argumentation for Fullerton Union High School.
Martin is available to teach all forms of debate.
Dr. Michael Hester just completed his twenty-third year as the Director of Debate at the University of West Georgia (UWG). Under his leadership, UWG Debate has won three national championships, most recently in 2015, twice being national runner-up, and finishing 3rd in the nation two other times. In 2017, his career achievements were recognized with the George Ziegelmueller Outstanding Achievement award for Director of Debate and the Ross K. Smith National Coach of the Year.
In addition to working at UWG, Dr. Hester has served as a faculty member during summers at institutions across the US, including Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, Emory University, Gonzaga University, and the University of Michigan.
Dr. Hester earned his bachelor’s in political science from West Georgia College, master’s in Speech Communication from the University of Georgia, and PhD in Communications from Georgia State University. His doctoral dissertation, “America’s #1 Fan: A rhetorical analysis of presidential sports encomia and the symbolic power of sports in the articulation of civil religion in the United States,” was the first scholarly work to analyze White House sports championship ceremonies. He has most recently been quoted as an expert in presidential sports rhetoric in the September 2, 2017 USA Today article “White House Gamesmanship.”
Dr. Hester has held several titles at UWG, including Dean of the Honors College from 2012 to 2015. He has taught every year during his time at UWG, more than 150 classes. His UWG distinctions include being the youngest recipient of the UWG Distinguished Service Award, the only three-time recipient of the Honors College Professor of the Year, and the two-time recipient of Advisor of the Year as recognized by the Black Excellence & Leadership Awards.
According to Dr. Hester, Debate is also much more research intensive than just a public speaking contest. “I would have to describe it as an intellectual beauty pageants of sorts; beauty in the eye of the beholder, and debate is in the eye of the observer.” Hester retains that the best part of debate is the students “It’s one of the best parts of being a teacher. You get to work with ambitious, creative and driven students. All of our debaters have high creative thinking levels, and they’re just very smart.”
Michael is available to teach all forms of beginner and advanced debate.
Marie Dzuris has had a storied career teaching all forms of speech and debate and was inducted into the Tournament of Champions Coaches’ Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of her achievements. She is also a member of the TOC’s Hall of Distinguished Service. She is currently an adjunct Economics Professor at Clark State in Dayton, OH, where she teaches General Economics, Macro and Micro, both online and in person.
Before taking a position with Clark State, Marie spent 30+ years working with high school students, teaching debate, speech communication, and AP Economics courses at Centerville High School. She coached both Policy and Public Forum debate, speech events, and Mock Trial. At Centerville, Marie coached some of the very best high school debaters in the United States. Her debaters achieved great success at a variety of competitions, including the Ohio High School Speech League State Tournament, Tournament of Champions, NSDA Nationals, Montgomery Bell Academy Tournament, Harvard Tournament and Harvard Round Robin, Greenhill Tournament and Round Robin, and Emory Tournament, among many other successes. High school students she has worked with have been admitted to Harvard, Berkeley, Stanford, Brown, UCLA, Ohio State University Medical school, Yale, Columbia, and many other top US universities.
Read about Marie’s reflections on her coaching career and why she believes debate is important here.
Marie is available to teach public speaking, Public Forum debate, and economics.
Erica Coburn earned her Master’s degree in Education with a concentration in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from Temple University. She has taught and tutored students focused on a variety of linguistic goals, including improving their public speaking and writing skills. Erica has taught English language learning at a variety of levels at Drexel University, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), The Providence Center in Philadelphia, The Ronald McDonald House, and has worked with students attending Temple University, Drexel University and the Community College of Philadelphia.
In addition to her experience in education, Erica’s professional career has included substantial experience in a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of children and the hospitality industry.
Erica is available to teach public speaking.
Amy Bauschard, the Director of the Global Academic Commons Online Programs for Young Learners, is the director of the Carpe Diem Academy operated by Mercyhurst University, and has been named an “Afterschool Champion” by the Pennsylvania Statewide Afterschool/Youth Development Network (PSAYDN). She was nominated and selected for her “exemplary commitment, dedication, and outstanding work in supporting meaningful, high-quality, afterschool programming for children and youth.”
Amy has taught at Mercyhurst University as a faculty member in the Education department for five years and also overseas at the Mercy Center for the Arts, a preschool that offers a unique correlated program of art, science, music, dramatic movement, and literature. She has more than a decade of teaching experience at the early childhood level, and she has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction with both principal and reading specialist certifications. Amy works to adapt our public speaking and debate curriculum to provide an exceptional learning experience for our youngest students. She also oversees our writing program for young learners.
Amy is available to teach elementary school reading, writing, and public speaking
Dave Arnett is the Director of Debate at the University of Kentucky. Before arriving at Kentucky, Dave was the Director of Debate at the University of California at Berkeley for twelve years. On 14 occasions, his teams have been ranked in the top 16 (US), including 10 top five teams, and 3 overall number one rankings. His teams have won almost every major college tournament in the US including Dartmouth, Harvard, Northwestern, and Wake Forest. He has coached a national championship team as well as two runner-ups. Dave was selected the National Coach of the Year on two separate occasions (2009, 2015). This year, Dave has had two separate teams ranked in the top 16 of the national debate coaches’ poll. He has over twenty years of experience teaching high school students. Kevin Hamrick is the Director of Debate at Montgomery Bell Academy. This year his teams have dominated the national policy circuit, winning St. Mark’s, New Trier, and the Glenbrooks. His teams have also advanced to the elimination rounds at every other major tournament. Prior to coaching at Montgomery Bell, Kevin coached at Northwestern, where he assisted with coaching multiple national champions.
Dave is available to teach Policy debate and Public Forum debate.
Anand Rao is the Associate Professor of Communication and Director of the Speaking Intensive Program and the Speaking Center at the University of Mary Washington. Anand co-founded a major debate workshop and served as Curriculum Director for the workshop for three years Anand has presented at dozens of national and international academic conferences, and regularly serves as a consultant and workshop leader for academic programs in the United States. He has more than twenty-five years of experience with speech and debate at the high school and college level, and served as a consultant on a documentary about the National Debate Tournament. Anand also studies uses of new media, including social networking, blogging, micro-blogging, and convergence media presentation to communicate in interpersonal and broadcast settings. Anand is the Director of the Global Academic Commons Online Public Speaking programs.
Anand is available to teach Public Speaking.
Natalie Bennie is a graduate of Samford University and is currently an M.A. student in Communication at Wake Forest University, where she will graduate in 2019. She currently coaches the powerhouse Wake Forest University debate team and was the recipient of a prestigious Fulbright scholarship to Germany, where she taught English through public speaking and debate.
Natalie has extensive U.S. and international experience in debate as both a debater and a coach. As a coach, in addition to her present position at Wake Forest, she has taught high school students at multiple highly-regarded summer debate institutes in the U.S., including programs at University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, Samford University, and the Washington D.C. Urban Debate League. She recently chaired a panel on “The State of Debate in Asia” at the National Communication Association Annual Convention. As a student, she began her career as a Public Forum competitor and continued on to become a successful policy debater at Samford University. There, she was in the out-rounds of several major tournaments and was selected for the US National Debate Team tour of Japan in 2015.
Natalie has successfully taught multiple Public Forum debate and public speaking courses at Global Academic Commons. In her Public Forum debate classes, she works with both novices, teaching them basic debate skills, and with experienced students, where she coaches them in more advanced skills and prepares them for tournament success.
Natalie is available to teach Public Forum debate and public speaking.
Pablo Gannon is an M.A. candidate in Communication at Wake Forest University, where he coaches the Wake Forest University debate team, one of the most prestigious college debate teams in America. During his time coaching at Wake Forest, the team has reached the late elimination rounds of every major national tournament, including a top 5 ranking.
Pablo had a highly successful high school debate career. He placed 5th overall in the US NSDA national tournament and won both the University of Southern California Invitational and the National Debate Coaches Association Championships. In addition to his experience coaching at the college level, Pablo spent two years teaching high school speech and debate in Ilsan, South Korea, and Chengdu, China, and recently participated in a panel on “The State of Debate in Asia” at the National Communication Association Annual Convention.
At Global Academic Commons, Pablo has been in demand as a Public Forum debate coach and has taught introductory and advanced debate skills, including tournament prep and topic research courses.
Pablo is available to teach Public Forum debate and public speaking.
Hannah Call is currently Assistant Debate Coach at George Mason University. For the past 4 years, she has led the Varsity Public Forum lab at the George Mason Debate Institute and is currently the Institute’s Assistant Director and the Public Forum Lab Leader. She is completing her Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the same institution.
Hannah has a large amount of experience as debater and a coach. As a debater, she competed at both Liberty and George Mason, where she championed several tournaments, including ADA Nationals in two divisions. As a coach, her position at George Mason University means she works with the second-ranked, and one of the largest, collegiate policy debate teams in the country, where she is the lead recruiter for entry-level debaters and a pivotal researcher. She has demonstrated teaching expertise and communicative abilities, coaching debaters to multiple tournament championships. As the leader of the Varsity Public Forum lab at the George Mason Debate institute, she has contributed to the vast competitive success of students involved in the lab, including tournament championships, during their respective debate seasons.
She also coaches Public Forum and Lincoln Douglas at George Mason High School and has worked at Middle School public speaking camps for four years.
Hannah is available to teach Public Forum and Policy debate and public speaking.
Amisha Mody Mehta. Amisha Mody Mehta is an attorney, debate parent, debate coach and member of the New York City Urban Debate League Board of Directors. She has a B.S. in Finance and International Business from the Stern School of Business at NYU and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. After working on Wall Street as a corporate lawyer, she decided to dedicate her time to her true passions, family and public service. Amisha discovered debate with her children, and, together with the support of the New York City Urban Debate League and the school system, they started the Westfield Debate Team, which currently has over 30 students in grades 6-11. This year, her teams reached elimination rounds at Penn, Harvard, Lakeland, and the Silver division of the TOC.
Amisha is available to teach beginning and limited experience Public Forum students.
Patrick joined the University of Miami in 2013 as the Assistant Director of Debate and a Lecturer in the School of Communication. Prior to joining the faculty at UM, Patrick served as the Debate Coach and Lecturer in Communication at Boston College. Patrick is currently the Vice President for the Cross Examination Debate Association, Vice President for the American Debate Association, the Vice Chair to the Sixth District of the National Debate Tournament and is on the Board of Directors for Dade Debate, Inc.
Patrick received his B.A. in Politics at The Catholic University of America in 2003. As a debater, Patrick won several tournaments including the 2003 Varsity American Debate Association National Championship and was a two-time qualifier to the National Debate Tournament. Patrick received his M.A. in Communication at Wake Forest University in 2005, where he was a Graduate Assistant for the debate team. During his time coaching at UM, the debate team has won several tournaments including the ACC Debate Tournament, the Lafayette Debates, the Georgia State Debate Tournament, the Henry Clay Debates at the University of Kentucky, the intra-Florida Sunshine State Showdown, the University of Indiana Debate Tournament, the Southeast Region of the Cross Examination Debate Association and the American Debate Association Fall Championship. The debate team is now nationally ranked and were runners-up (2014) & in the final four (2017) at the American Debate Association National Championship Tournament.
Patrick also teaches debate over the summer to middle school and high school students. This past summer, he taught at UM’s own Hurricane Debate Institute (HDI), the Gonzaga Debate Institute and the Miami Dade Urban Debate League Summer Camp hosted at UM. In the past, Patrick has also taught at the Capitol Classic, the Wake Forest Debate Workshop, Millennial Speech & Debate Institute, Spartan Debate Institute and the Harvard Debate Council Summer Workshop. In 2013, the Fulton Debating Society at Boston College awared Patrick as the Fultonian of the Year. In 2016, the American Debate Association awarded him The Founder’s Award for Service.
Patrick is available to teach Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Public Speaking
Kevin Hamrick is the Director of Debate at Montgomery Bell Academy. This year his teams have dominated the national policy circuit, winning St. Mark’s, New Trier, and the Glenbrooks tournaments. His teams have also advanced to the elimination rounds at every other major tournament. Prior to coaching at Montgomery Bell, Kevin coached at Northwestern University, where he assisted with coaching multiple national champions.
Kevin is available to teach Public Forum debate and Policy debate.
Amar Adam is Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Kentucky, one of the premier college debate programs in the United States and home of the Tournament of Champions. He currently coaches the top-ranked team in the United States.
Over the past 5 years, Amar has had an impressive record of accomplishments in college debate as both a student and a coach. As a student, he captained the University of Kentucky Debate Team, which was ranked in the top 5 nationally. He won the Naval Academy tournament 2018 and reached the top 16 in the National Debate Tournament that same year. A recipient of the highly competitive Singletary scholarship at University of Kentucky, Amar majored in Economics and Political Science with a minor in Arab Studies. Amar has extensive teaching and coaching experience at both the high school and college levels. He spent four years teaching at the Northwestern Summer Debate Institute and also served as an instructor at the Georgetown Policy Debate Seminar. As a coach at the University of Kentucky, his teams have won four out of 5 major tournaments in the current academic year.
Amar has exceptional reviews as an online instructor. He coaches both introductory Public Forum and advanced skills courses, specializing in tournament preparation and topic research.
Amar is available to teach Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Public Speaking. Amar also tutors in economics, both macro and micro, as well as calculus and statistics.
Jyleesa Hampton is currently Assistant Debate Coach at University of Kansas, where she received her M.A. in Communications and B.A. in Political Science, African American Studies, and Women and Gender Studies. She is currently a PhD. Candidate at the same institution, studying Public Administration. Jyleesa has a wealth of public speaking and debate instruction experience at both the high school and collegiate levels and is currently the board chair of the Women’s Debate Institute, a nonprofit-run, tuition-free debate camp that works to build argumentation and advocacy skills in high school students.
As a competitor, Jyleesa was incredibly successful, earning multiple speaking and competitive awards and a first round bid at large to the National Debate Tournament (NDT) in 2015. As a collegiate coach she has coached multiple successful teams to break to elimination rounds at regional and national tournaments, qualify for the NDT, and earn speaking awards. In 2017 she was awarded the Rebecca Galantine Award, which recognizes an outstanding female debate coach in CEDA (Cross Examination Debate Association) who has been in service to the community and competitive success of their own programs. Notably, she has also been a critical coach, most recently coaching the 2018 NDT Champions and Rex Copeland winners Kansas KR.
Jyleesa also has extensive experience at the high school level. Over the past decade, she has worked with students in policy debate to improve their argumentation, research and debate skill. She has held instructor positions at some of the best camps in the country, including those hosted by Dartmouth College, University of California Berkeley, Gonzaga University and the University of Kansas. Outside of her summer instruction, Ms. Hampton has worked with high school debate programs across the country to enhance students’ strategic decision making and debate argumentation.
As of late, she has taught public speaking courses at the university level. Ms. Hampton enjoys working with diverse sets of students and is excited to help students as they work towards their competitive and academic goals.
Jyleesa is available to teach courses in Policy debate, Public Forum debate, and general public speaking.
Benton Bajorek is Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Kansas, a position he has held since 2015, where he also serves as Assistant Director of the Jayhawk Debate Institute. Benton has his B.A in Communication Studies from Arkansas State University, his M.A. in Communication Studies from The University of Kansas, and is completing his Ph.D. at the same institution.
As both a competitor and a coach,Benton has been involved with debate for almost a decade. As an undergraduate, he competitively competed in many different forms of debate, including American Parliamentary, Public Forum, Lincoln Douglas, IPDA and Team IPDA. He also competed in forensic events including Original Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking.
In addition to his present experience coaching on the college level, in the past Benton served as the Head Coach for Brookland High School as part of the Delta Debate League Initiative, where he coached his school to the highest win percentage of all teams in the league. Since he began his position at University of Kansas, the team has seen enormous success. In addition to his work in debate, Benton teaches public speaking classes with emphasis in civic engagement and business.
Benton is available to teach all forms of debate and public speaking.
Cecilia Cerja coaches Lincoln-Douglas debate at University of Northern Iowa and Policy Debate at University of Texas Dallas. She received her B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University, with minors in Communication Studies and Spanish, and she is currently is currently working on her Master’s degree in Communication Studies at the University of Northern Iowa.
Cecilia has been involved with debate for almost a decade. She was a Public Forum debater for four years and continued her career as a Policy debater at the university level. As a high school debater she won multiple state championships in Extemporaneous Speaking and Public Forum. As a college debater she won the James Madison College Invitational, where she was also top speaker. At the Cross Examination Debate Association National Debate tournament she was in the double-octafinals. She also won the Madison Cup Public Debate Invitational (where she beat the Yale University Debate Team). As a coach, she has qualified many teams to their state debate tournaments and has led them to winning multiple state championships.
Cecilia is available to teach all forms of debate.
Stephanie Torre is an attorney admitted to practice in New York and Florida. Stephanie received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Miami and J.D. from New York Law School. Stephanie began debating in 1998 as part of her high school debate team where she participated in several speaking events and was first introduced to Policy Debate. She continued in the activity throughout college. Debating for the University of Miami in Policy Debate, she received numerous speaking awards and attended regional and national tournaments. Stephanie credits debate for shaping her life and career by giving her the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with a dynamic group of teachers, coaches, and fellow debaters.
“Debate has been the single most rewarding activity I have participated in from high school through the present. Through debate, I have developed skills in public speaking and advocacy that I use in my career as an attorney and through volunteer work in my community.”
For the last few years Stephanie has continued to judge Middle School and High School Public Forum and Policy Debate. Stephanie has taught debate workshops, participated in the Street Law program, and looks forward to continuing to work with students to achieve their goals and enjoy Debate.
Stephanie is available to teach Public Forum Debate, Policy Debate, and Public Speaking.