I am an experienced Speech and Debate coach who specializes in Congressional, Lincoln-Douglas, and Parliamentary style debates in addition to Extemporaneous and Interpretive speaking categories. I also have significant experience with Public-Forum and Policy Debate in addition to Original Oratory and Declamation.
As an academic tutor, I strive to make my students comfortable with and excited about large projects with complex topics. While this naturally applies to debate, I apply this same strategy while teaching writing, history, philosophy, or religious studies.
I have been a member of the National Speech and Debate Association since 2009. In high school, I competed in both speech and debate categories at national, state, regional, and invitational competitions. Since 2013, I have coached students at the high school and middle school levels and served as a for-hire judge in various leagues around the country (including the NJFL, CFL, PSSDL, OMSSDL, NSDL). I have offered 1:1 private debate coaching for about a year. See what my students have said about my coaching below!
” Patient, Upbeat, Professional”
“…D is extremely patient, consistently supportive in tone, and does a great job in teaching with a more Socratic method as opposed to spoon-feeding the information. They have discussed the reliability of source material, logical formation of arguments, debate strategies, and practiced public speaking…”
“Patient and enthusiastic”
Storytelling, Prose, Interpretation
“…public speaking and story telling. D is quite experienced, with a solid background in speech competition. The kids are progressing well and learning good techniques. In person or online lessons are available and the rates are reasonable.”
“Knowledgeable and Communicates really well”
“…is guiding my kid on LD debate. My daughter looks forward to each of her sessions and is excited and confident to participate in competition…”