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 only the best.
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.
Stefan is available to teach all debate events, public speaking, and assist with preparation for Model United Nations.
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.
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 level. Glen has a B.A. in Political Science and an M.S. in Communication from Southern Illinois University.
Dr. Mikaeala Malsin is currently the Director of Debate at Georgetown University. Previously, she was an Associate Director of Debate at Emory University, her alma mater. In her first year at Georgetown she 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.
At Emory Mikaela has coached multiple first round at large bids to the National Debate Tournament, and one team who placed third in the Copeland award rankings. In 2012, she received an M.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University, where she coached teams receiving first round bids and clearing at the National Debate Tournament. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia, where she coached from 2012 to 2015. Mikaela 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
Glen is available to teach all debate events, public speaking, and general communication courses.
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 a masters degree at Wake Forest University while coaching and helping to rebuild one of the most successful programs in the USA, 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 Chanpions (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. Rachel Williams holds an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Ph.D. in French and Francophone Studies from the Pennsylvania State University. She has taught English as a Second Language with an emphasis on the acquisition of both public speaking and composition skills at Université Lumière Lyon II in Lyon, France, and has 8 years’ experience in American universities designing and teaching a wide variety of courses with public speaking elements from the beginner to the advanced levels, where she works with students individually and in small and large groups. She is currently a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and has extensive experience teaching French at the university level. She is also a guest instructor at the Georgetown Public Forum Debate Workshop.
Rachel is available to teach public speaking, original oratory, and middle school and beginner Public Forum. She is also our French tutor.
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.”
Robey Holland is the Director of Forensics at Plano West Senior High School, a program that won the Tournament of Champions and NSDA Nationals in 2018. Robey’s students have won state and national championships in several speech and debate events, but Lincoln Douglas and Public Forum Debate are his favorite events to coach. Robey is entering his fifteenth year in the debate community as a competitor and coach and was a four year LD and policy debater in high school.
Robey is available for tutoring in LD and Public Forum
Clara Bates is a sophomore at Harvard studying Social Studies. She participated in policy debate for five years (high school and my first year of college at Harvard). For four weeks last summer, I worked as a lab leader at the UMKC debate camp where she was responsible for judging practice debates, guiding research groups, and giving lectures on argumentation. She writes for the Harvard Political Review and the Harvard Crimson, and served as a research assistant to a professor on campus last semester. She is available to help with English, writing, and debate skills.
Anna Griffin is a graduate of Seton Hall University with a degree in Journalism. She participated in policy debate for 3 years in high school and collegiate mock trial through the American Mock Trial Association for 4 years at Seton Hall. She has experience as an expert witness and opening/closing attorney. She was the captain of her team for 1.5 years and received multiple individual witness and attorney awards, as her team placed among the top 5 at multiple tournaments and earned bids to the first round of national championships. Anna is available to teach beginning-intermediary (collegiate) mock trial to individuals or groups.
Clara is available to teach Public Forum debate and Policy debate.
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.” She has taught at Mercyhurst University as a faculty member in the Education department for five years and also overseas 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.
Tony Tovar has a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Sam Houston State University. He is in his 26th year of teaching, and his 35th year of competitive speech and debate. Tony has coached numerous speakers and debaters to championships in the Asia Pacific Activities Conference, where they competed against student from across China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, and Vietnam. An engaging public speaker, Tony has served as a host and emcee for a wide variety of events over the years. He also has numerous professional speaking credits including the East Asia Regional Council of Schools Leadership Conference, the Texas Association of Gifted and Talented State Conference, and the Texas State Reading Association Annual Conference.
Natalie Bennie, a graduate of Samford University, was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to Germany where she taught English through public speaking and debate. She has led courses for students all over the US at summer debate institutes, including for the University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, Samford University, and the Washington D.C. Urban Debate League. She currently coaches the powerhouse Wake Forest University debate team as a graduate teaching assistant and will graduate with her M.A. in Communication in 2019. Natalie began her debate career as a public forum contestant in Nashville, Tennessee and then went on to become a successful policy debater at Samford University. There, she was in the out-rounds of several major tournaments, was selected for the US National Debate Team tour of Japan in 2015.
Pablo is a second year graduate Assistant Debate Coach at Wake Forest University, home of tone of the most prestigious college debate teams in America, where he studies political communication. His undergraduate major was in Psychology, and he spent two years coaching speech and debate in Ilsan, South Korea, and Chengdu, China. As a high school debater, Pablo placed 5th overall in the US NSDA national tournament. He also won the University of Southern California invitational and the National Debate Coaches Association championships. As a coach at Wake Forest, Pablo helped his teams reach the late elimination rounds of every major national tournament, including a top 5 ranking.
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 at Penn, Harvard, Lakeland and the Silver division of the TOC.
Amisha is available to teach beginning and limited experience Public Forum students.
Conrad is available to teach Public Forum debate and public speaking.
Dr. Sydney Pasquinelli is a Visiting Instructor at the University of Pittsburgh, where she recently finished a PhD Candidate in the Department of Communication. She has spent the past 7 years studying communication topics at an advanced level, but came from a political science background at Wayne State University, where she also debated for four years and qualified to the National Debate Tournament twice. Sydney coached policy debate full-time at Wake Forest University from 2009-2011 and at University of Pittsburgh from 2011-2016, and has also coached part-time for Groves High School (MI), University of Oklahoma, and Edgemont High School (NY). In the summer of 2017, she worked at the Stanford University debate camp. She has also instructed summer labs at the Spartan Debate Institute, the UMKC Summer Institute, and the Mean Green Workshops, but her favorite to work at is the Stanford National Forensic Institute.
Sydney is available to teach Original Oratory and Public Speaking.
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. 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.
Kevin is available to teach Public Forum debate and Policy debate.
Amar Adam. Amar Adam is an Assistant Debate Coach at the University of Kentucky, one of the premier college debating teams in the United States and home of the Tournament of Champions. As a debater, Amar was the Captain of the University of Kentucky Debate Team and was ranked in the top 5 nationally. Amar majored in Economics and Political Science and has a minor in Arab Studies. He has extensive teaching and coaching experience including four years teaching at the Northwestern Summer Debate Institute and has exceptional reviews as an online instructor.
Amar is available to teach Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, and Public Speaking. With a degree in economics, Amar also tutors in economics, both macro and micro, as well as calculus and statistics.
Jackson Ave is the head of debate at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, New York. Jackson competed for Okoboji High School (Iowa) in both Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum Debate. Jackson made it to elimination rounds at Harvard, Blake, and West Des Moines Valley. He was the first debater from his school to attend the Tournament of Champions. Additionally, Jackson has coached students to success in multiple events. While at Poly Prep, Jackson has coached the champions of the Harvard National Forensic Tournament in Public-Forum (‘16), Congressional Debate (‘18) and Original Oratory (‘16) as well as the champions of the NCFL Grand National Tournament in Public-Forum (‘16). Specifically, Jackson’s Public-Forum students have reached the final round of the Emory University Tournament (‘18) and the University of Kentucky Round Robin (‘17) as well as numerous teams reaching elimination rounds at Wake Forest, Yale, Georgetown, the New York City Invitational, and the University of Pennsylvania tournament.
Jackson is available to teach Public Forum debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate