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Thadeus

Admin

Thadeus Smith has been involved with speech and debate since 2013. As a competitor he qualified to t...  Thadeus Smith has been involved with speech and debate since 2013. As a competitor he qualified to the Washington State Tournament four times in speech and twice in debate, competed at the National Individual Event Tournament of Champions, and placed tenth at the National Speech and Debate Tournament in 2019. As a coach, he’s worked at summer camps with Capitol Debate, after-school programs with Climb the Mountain Foundation, and been an assistant and head coach at schools in the Puget Sound area. He currently attends Pacific Lutheran University. more

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Jonathan Stanhope

Coach

Jonathan considers coaching speakers and debaters to be his greatest pride in life. He strongly beli...  Jonathan considers coaching speakers and debaters to be his greatest pride in life. He strongly believes that the skills to construct arguments for effective representation of positions on specific issues, constructively analyze other positions on those issues with an open mind, critically evaluate sources of information to support one’s own beliefs and opinions, and speak publicly on one’s own beliefs and opinions in a persuasive manner are fundamental to young people’s aptitude for improving the world on all levels of organization from the local to the global. He is highly passionate about communicating such skills to his students for the betterment of their own lives as well as those of their communities. TalkMaze has enabled Jonathan to share his knowledge and experience with a much larger population of young people with similar interests and passions. It has also extended his reach into communities that are marginalized or otherwise outside of the scope of more traditional arenas for rhetorical and forensic instruction. Jonathan has always strived for the success of his students and peers alike. He has deliberated over several university organizations including but not limited to Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity International and Student Government at Seton Hall University. In 2012 Jonathan helped to create a chapter of Students for Liberty at Seton Hall University: A Libertarian political discourse organization with a focus on devoted public service and political activism but he remains open-minded about his political and economic beliefs. In 2017 Jonathan helped to coach one of his PF teams to Octo- finals at NCFL Grand Nationals. He has also coached introductory debaters for one of the most prestigious private debate clubs in the state of New Jersey: Bergen County Debate Club. Jonathan’s intellectual interests include but are not limited to economics, political science, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, rhetoric, machine learning and computer programming, logic, psychology, sociology, and critical theory. Throughout his coaching career he has consistently participated in student competitions as an expert judge and he places a heavy emphasis on his students’ skills in judge/audience adaptation. His judge paradigm is a hybrid of game theory and policy-making with a heavy emphasis on logical reasoning and unique argumentation. When he is not coaching debaters or doing research Jonathan enjoys music, photography, reading, and traveling. more

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Ameena

Coach

Ameena is an Education Programmes Officer for an international education charity, leading debating p...  Ameena is an Education Programmes Officer for an international education charity, leading debating programmes for disadvantaged students. She gained her BSc (Hons) in Biological Sciences from the University of Surrey and is currently studying an MA in Applied Linguistics and Communication at Birkbeck College, University of London. During her undergraduate degree, Ameena was the President/VP of Surrey Debating Society and was responsible for their training programmes and outreach work with other university departments. Ameena worked as a Senior Oracy Trainer for The English-Speaking Union for four years, teaching debating and public speaking programmes in the UK, Japan, Italy and Denmark. Ameena has an academic interest in transformative education and has published research papers on these topics. She is passionate about dialogic education as a means of radical social change. more

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Jad

Coach

Jad first entered the world of high school speech and debate as a sophomore in high school, and he ...  Jad first entered the world of high school speech and debate as a sophomore in high school, and he quickly fell in love with the fast passed but rewarding activity. Throughout high school he regularly competed in Policy debate and Extemporaneous speaking, eventually ranking in the top 15 Policy Debaters, and the top 20 Extemporaneous speakers in the state California. On the local and national level, Jad became a two-time national congressional debate finalist, while also placing highly in a bevy of events including impromptu, Public Forum, and Parliamentary Debate. Throughout and after high school, Jad translated his passion for speech and debate by instructing novice classes for 100s of students in groups ranging anywhere from one debater to forty. After coaching for a year, he began creating and teaching his own curriculum for speech summer camps as well as virtual lessons with students around the world. Jad was born and raised in Los Angeles where he currently attends UCLA. more

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Abdullah

Coach

Abdullah Khan is a graduate student who finished his Master’s in Financial Economics in 2020. He s...  Abdullah Khan is a graduate student who finished his Master’s in Financial Economics in 2020. He split the last two years of his degree between the University of Sydney and the University of Freiburg. Currently, he is working in a start up in Heidelberg. His love for debates started as young as 11, when he was a small child in an oversized suit attending every Model United Nations conference he could access. The seventeen years that followed his first MUN resulted in him falling in love with public speaking at large. He spent five years speaking on the school parliamentary debate circuit, followed by another four years of speaking the University circuit in Pakistan. He then went on to speak in various European tournaments before moving on to speak the Australian parliamentary debate tournaments. In this time, he also spent seven years coaching Westminster College – his team went on to win the national championship three times and many of his students were selected to represent Pakistan team at the World Schools Debating Championship. He has also worked at Master’s Academy in Sydney as a debate instructor, teaching multiple schools simultaneously. Apart from the debates and work, he is an NBA fan who spends more time that he will ever admit watching highlights of the Lakers. He does branch out every now and then from basketball to play cricket (like every other child raised in the sub-continent) and spent much of his childhood apologizing for breaking his neighbours’ windows. more

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Eric

Coach

Born and raised in the suburbs of Montréal, Eric Sader is one of our coaches here at TalkMaze. Curr...  Born and raised in the suburbs of Montréal, Eric Sader is one of our coaches here at TalkMaze. Currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts at McGill University in Montréal, he is majoring in Economics and minoring in both History and Mathematics. His interest lies mostly in international trade and development, with a particular focus on the Middle East and Lebanon. For the past four years, Eric has competed on the North American Model UN Circuit, travelling as far as Panama to debate with and compete against incredibly talented speakers, negotiators, and policy creators. Specializing in crisis committees, where delegates are often called on to inhabit people instead of countries, he has won multiple awards at some of the most difficult conferences on the circuit. At FCMUN this year he personified Lyndon B. Johnson while navigating the Cuban Missile Crisis, landing him a Best Delegate award. Eric has also been active in training the new generation of Model UN Competitors, both at the College and University level, and helping McGIll University rank 13th on the Best Delegate World Rankings, a 5 spot climb from the previous year. He combines this expertise with countless staffing experiences at some of the highest ranked high school and University level conferences. Some of his favourites include his 2019 Star Wars Committee at the Secondary Schools’ United Nations Symposium (SSUNS), and his 2020 McGill Model United Nations (McMUN) Committee on the topic of Space Exploration and Colonization. For Eric, a good delegate demonstrates integrity, passion, and an ability to always negotiate and secure one concession further than what would be reasonable. When he isn’t busy arguing about Directives, Eric often spends his time drumming to some Blink-182, guiding his friends through his latest Dungeons and Dragons Campaign, or trying to figure out if a hot dog is indeed a sandwich (he is quite convinced it’s best classified as a panini). more

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Micaela

Coach

Micaela is entering her final year of her BSc in Biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. E...  Micaela is entering her final year of her BSc in Biology at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Entering her 10th year of competitive debating, she has amassed 30+ breaks and numerous speaker awards in her university debating career alone. This year, she advanced to the elimination rounds of the World Championships and was crowned top speaker at one of the world’s most elite tournaments, the Hart House IV. Micaela also enjoys judging and coaching, having been on adjudication cores for several large tournaments and coached for upwards of five years. Currently, she coaches at the competitively renowned Selwyn House School, where her students have made the national team in back-to-back years. Additionally, she has worked as a teacher at Speechtopia, an international speech and debate teaching hub, as well as Debate Camp Canada, a debate-oriented summer camp. At her university, Micaela has been deeply involved in the Debating Union, where she acted as President. Beyond debating, Micaela volunteers in a herpetology lab and has co-authored a journal article on amphibian decline. You can find Micaela spending most of her time at the Redpath Museum of Natural History, where she occasionally tour guides and does speaking events. more

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Anna Mouland

Coach