Our staff represents a wealth of diverse coaching and debating experience, as you can see from their brief bios. More importantly, each of our staff members has written a response to the question “What’s your approach to teaching workshop?” We think that these answers demonstrate the high quality teaching staff we have assembled more than any listing of their accomplishments could!
Matea Ivanovic has been competing, coaching, and/or teaching in policy debate for the last 7 years. She graduated from Idaho State University with a BS in Political Science, with a minor in Women’s Studies. In her undergraduate career, she was a three time NDT qualifier, received numerous top speaker awards, and won both both the Jesuit and Mukhai tournaments her senior year. She has previously coached Juan Diego HS, and is currently a graduate assistant coach at UNT. She has previously taught at the UTNIF and Stanford HS debate camps. Her research interests include economics, public policy rhetoric, theories of the public sphere, gender, sexuality, feminism, anti-blackness, post-colonialism.
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Colin graduated from Glenbrook South High School in 2009, where he enjoyed a successful debate career. Colin and his partner reached the elimination rounds of numerous national tournaments that year, including the quarterfinals of Blake, the Octafinals of Berkeley, 1st place at Marquette, and 5th place at the Illinois State Championships. As a sophomore college debater he has placed at most district tournaments including quarterfinals at Missouri State and Emporia State and semifinals at the University of Missouri-Kansas City tournament as well as the Wichita State Tournament. He was also in the quarterfinals of the Freshman/Sophomore breakout at the Wake Forest tournament and Quarterfinals of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas Tournament. In 2013, Colin reached the elimination rounds at the National Debate Tournament and CEDA Nationals.
Colin writes, “I think debate camp is one of the best ways for high school students to become engaged in an activity that is rewarding both personally and academically. It provides a unique environment to learn the activity that doesn’t exist during the school year and it also provides a space for kids to meet their peers and create bonds that last long after high school is over. When focusing on what camp to attend there are many important factors. Money is one of them obviously, but I believe that quality of lab leaders should dictate what camps to look at. If a kid is looking to compete at the top level in high school debate then going to a camp with the best lab leaders should be a top priority.”