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LDD Debate

I became the Debate Coach for the Lakeland School District in the fall of 2005.

As the Debate Coach for the Lakeland School District, I am responsible for teaching debate skills to beginners, developing advanced varsity debaters, coaching and traveling with debaters at tournaments all over the United States, hosting an annual tournament that attracts hundreds of debaters from across the United States, and fulfilling professional responsibilities associated running a program that is locally, regionally, and nationally competitive.

During my tenure, the team has won the New York State Championships, qualified for the Tournament of Champions, qualified for the US National Forensic League tournament, and has received hundreds of awards at local, regional, and national tournaments.

The program was profiled in the Westchester Magazine in 2010.

In the 2012-13 academic year, 52 students from the Lakeland district participated in 16 tournaments in 9 states in two countries (United States and South Korea) on two continents (North America and Asia).

As discussed in my profile, I co-founded the New York States Debate Coaches Association in 2010, serve as the New York State topic selection representative, and serve as a member of the advisory committee to the US Tournament of Champions. I also serve on the Board of the New York State Urban Debate League.

In January of 2013, the team competed outside the US for the first time in its history when it had the chance to compete in the Winter Korean National Championship tournament.

In April of 2014, the team competed outside the US for the second time in its history in Hangzhou, China.  This was part of a 1o day trip to China that including school visits, demonstration debates, and discussions about high school and college life in the US.