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Jonathan Stanhope

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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 Khan

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Ameena is a PhD scholar at London Metropolitan University, researching adult literacy and oracy. She...  Ameena is a PhD scholar at London Metropolitan University, researching adult literacy and oracy. She also works part-time as Senior 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 her 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 Soucar

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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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Eric Sader

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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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Petra

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Petra is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science – Departme...  Petra is a postgraduate student at the London School of Economics and Political Science – Department of Media and Communications. She has a strong background in competitive debate all over Europe – with 5+ years as a coach in Karl Popper, World Schools and British Parliamentary, as well as the experience of working with the Croatian National Debate Team for the World Schools Debating Championship. Besides formal competitive debate, her experiences include 5+ years of Model United Nations (MUN), 5+ years of European Youth Parliament (EYP). As a debate, MUN and EYP trainer, she has visited over 15 and coached students from more than 30 different countries. She has adjudicated some of the biggest debate tournaments in the world, as well as participated in the biggest annual MUN conference – NHSMUN. Her students have won dozens of medals and trophies from national and international tournaments, along with awards for outstanding delegates and outstanding resolutions – whereas, she has received several awards for outstanding mentorship. As a Communications professional, she has held several corporate workshops on public speaking, non-verbal communication, leadership, presentation skills and many more. As a BA Teaching Assistant, she has presented university classes on non-verbal communication, political communication, visual communication and rhetoric. more

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Micaela Lewis

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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

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Anna Mouland began debating at 12 years old and has won numerous awards along the way including best...  Anna Mouland began debating at 12 years old and has won numerous awards along the way including best speaker in Canada at the National Seminar, second best Canadian team at the UBC Oxford qualifiers, and a plethora of other national and provincial titles. Internationally, she was a semifinalist at the 2018 Oxford World Debating Championship and broke to eliminations twice at the Harvard World Schools tournament. Anna has been coaching at TalkMaze for just over a year and has coached multiple students to the national level, as well as having half her team last year qualify for provincials. Anna is very enthusiastic about debate and coaching! more

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Maiya Werba

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Maiya has been debating and judging for 8 years since they were in high school. They have broken as ...  Maiya has been debating and judging for 8 years since they were in high school. They have broken as a judge at the Yale IV, Canadian British Parliamentary Championship, North American Debating Championship and more. As a debater, they have made it the finals of the North American Women's and Gender Minorities Open, Chancellors Cup Finals, and won the Sutherland IV, as well as spoken at Worlds. more

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Ghalia Aamer

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Ghalia Aamer has over 8 years of public speaking and debate experience. From competing at national d...  Ghalia Aamer has over 8 years of public speaking and debate experience. From competing at national debate tournaments to speaking on TEDx stages, Ghalia has a range of speaking experiences. As a coach, Ghalia likes to work with her students individually to understand their strengths and explore areas for development. She can help you with general speaking skills, interviews, professional speaking, or debate. more

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Siddharth Chopra

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Siddharth Chopra is a student at the University of Calgary and serves as Director of Tournaments for...  Siddharth Chopra is a student at the University of Calgary and serves as Director of Tournaments for the University of Calgary Debate Society. As a second-year Political Science student, debate has awarded him the opportunity to develop the necessary public speaking and argumentative skills that will help him succeed in his field, as well as put his knowledge of politics to use. Siddharth is an accomplished debater with a number of tournament breaks and speaker awards including breaking to semi-finals at Colgate Open and being an open quarter-finalist and 2nd top speaker at World Debate Open. Siddharth also is an avid cinema lover—he even acted in a television series as a child—and extends this passion by working for the university TV station, NUTV! more

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Mehdi Bouchentouf

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Mehdi debated with Carleton University for over five years eventually serving as national president ...  Mehdi debated with Carleton University for over five years eventually serving as national president of CUSID. During this time, he competed in both French and English at the international level. He broke at CP Nationals, French Nationals and judged the NAUDC finals. more

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Kennedy McDiarmid

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Kennedy first became involved with debate and public speaking in 2017. She soon began competing in e...  Kennedy first became involved with debate and public speaking in 2017. She soon began competing in each at the domestic and international levels. After finding her passion for the speech arts, she wished to help others find theirs. This led her to coach students and judge tournaments. When Kennedy is not coaching, judging, or competing on the McGill mock trial and moot court teams, she spends her time studying, with friends, or participating in various social, academic, and philanthropic activities with her sorority. more

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Emma McCormick

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Emma McCormick is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts and Adult Education programs, whe...  Emma McCormick is a graduate of Brock University’s Dramatic Arts and Adult Education programs, where she earned first class distinction. She has performed in many theatrical productions and styles, ranging from Shakespeare to contemporary works. In the later half of her training, she focused on helping others build their performance skills through a variety of behind the scenes supportive roles. Her extensive theatre experience includes writing, directing, and performing in a professional touring production in the Niagara region. She loves helping others develop their stage presence and performance skills through her roles as a director and speech coach. She is excited to work with her students and the TalkMaze team to build life long skills, and encourage a passion for performance and public speech! more

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Jessica Singh

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Rehan Coach

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