Staff

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AKUNNA UKA - DIRECTOR

Akunna graduated from Swarthmore College with a major in political science and minor in educational studies and is receiving her M.A. in education from UCLA. She has coached middle school debate and high school speech and debate for the last several years in the greater Los Angeles area and currently serves as the president of the Pacific Coast Debate League. She is happy to help bring the expertise of Parliamentary debate lecturers to middle schoolers in the region.


Iain Lampert - Instructor

Iain earned his B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, his M.A. in Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and his Certification in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard. He is the founder and director of forensics at Valley International Prep High School and currently serves as chair of the West Los Angeles district of the National Speech and Debate Association. Over his coaching career, Iain has founded eight teams, and coached winners of over 5,000 individual awards and 700 championships, including state and national titles.

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Virginia Kerr - Instructor

Virginia is currently a senior at San Francisco State University, and is majoring in International Relations. She has competed in college parliamentary debate (NPDA) for three years, and has earned various accolades: Virginia is the California state champion, won the Phi Rho Pi national championship, and was ranked in the top 5 in the United States for the 2017-2018 season.

 

Artem Raskin - Instructor

Artem is a history teacher, social studies department chair, and debate club adviser at Washington High School. He currently serves as president of the Coast Forensic League. Artem was previously the parliamentary debate club president at UC Davis, where he studied political science and international relations. Artem's students have won Claremont, Fullerton, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the Tournament of Champions.

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We may hire additional instructors in order to maintain an adequate student-to-instructor ratio.