Meet our Tutors

Arianna

Arianna

Debate Program Collaborator

Columbia University
BSc. of Biomedical Engineering

Key Qualification

  • Winner of 2019 North and South American Google Science Fair
  • 4th at the International Science & Engineering FairSpeaker at 2018 International Cardiovascular Disease Conference
  • Top 2% at Worldwide American International Math Exam
  • Top 15 at United States Computing Olympiad (Gold)

Biography

A rising Sophomore at Columbia University, Arianna began her debate career in elementary school. Building her skill for public speaking at a young age taught Arianna to fight for her dreams, have confidence, and think critically. She carried these skills throughout her academic career and become passionate about science and technology.

Having mastered public speaking,  Arianna utilized her ability to eloquently communicate her research to judges at competitions and won prestigious international competition.

George

George

Debate Coach

Harvard University 

Key Qualification:

  • Tournament of Champions Policy Debate Qualifiers
  • 3rd place, NSDA National Debate Tournament 2017
  • High School Debate Coach
  • Developed online ESL course, Phillips Brooks House at Harvard

Biography

George is a sophomore at Harvard. He debated competitively for 7 years, spending four of those doing policy debate. Most of that time he competed at the highest levels of the activity on the national circuit, deploying a plethora of traditional and theoretical arguments with success.

In addition to coaching students from his high-school, he has lead courses in writing and public speaking in both Boston and Haiti. He has ample experience teaching both native and non-native speakers the fundamentals of argumentation, communication, and research, in addition to knowing what it takes to succeed at the highest levels of competitive debate.

Eliza

Eliza

Debate Coach

Harvard University
BSc. of Mathematics
BSc. Computer Science

Key Qualification

  • Winner of Peninsula Invitational: Individual (2018)
  • Winner of Chuck Ballinger Invitational: Individual (2018)
  • Finalist Yale Invitational: Team (2018)

Biography

Elisa is a rising sophomore at Harvard. She has been a passionate debater for 7 years and a dedicated instructor for the past 4 years.

As an instructor, she manages students  from 8-14 years old to developed the foundational concepts and skill behind higher-level debate. Her teaching method includes interactive games and activities that hones student’s ability to structure arguments.

As a debate coach, Elisa  prepare teams for national competition by providing research, speech feedback and casing seminars on geopolitical affairs, cutting-edge research, and controversial issues. During the summer, Elisa interned at Victory Briefs Institute as a debate instructor and worked with 12 high school students to improve framework, speeches and rebuttals, judge adaptation, and narrative casing.

Baji

Baji

Debate Coach

Yale University
BSc. of Economic & Ethnicity, Race, and Migration

Key Qualification

  • US Team at World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship
  • Vice-President of High School Model UN Team
  • Runner Up at National High School Ethics Bowl Tournament

Biography

A junior at Yale, Baji competes with the Yale Mock Trial Association and conducts health economics research.

Baji graduated from, Choate Rosemary Hall High school, where he served as co-captain of the school’s debate team and VP of the Model UN team. This allowed him to represent the USA at the World Individual Debating and Public Speaking Championship. He also entered the final stage of the National High School Ethics Bowl Tournament.

He believes that debate education prepare students to speak confidently and passionately on issues that matter to them.

Olivia

Olivia

Debate Coach

Yale University
BA. of Global Affairs

Key Qualification

  • Committee Chair of Northeast Regional Model UN Conference
  • Winner of the Capital District Key Club International Oratorical Contest
  • Training Director for the Yale Model UN Team

Biography 

Olivia is a sophomore at Yale. Her love for debate began in high school competing in public forum and the NCFL Grand Nationals. Olivia won 1st place in the Capital District Key Club International Oratorical Contest for 2 consecutive years. She also competed and  serve as committee chair in the N.E. Regional Model UN Conference for 4 years. She also serve as president of the Debate and Model UN team.

At Yale, Olivia is an active competitor and training director for the Model UN Team. Olivia also conducted research writing debate speeches, developed a passion for public speaking, and love for coaching.

Paloma

Paloma

Debate Coach

Columbia University
BA. of Liberal Arts

Key Qualification:

  • Member of Harvard Model Congress
  • Research Assistant at Barnard College

Biography

Paloma is a sophomore at Columbia University.  From young age, Paloma is passionate in performing arts and studied theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts during summer.

Paloma used her performing skill to compete in model government, including Harvard Model Congress and the Virginia Model General Assembly.

As a student, she represented her county’s school board, where she debated politicians on education policy, and wrote speeches and proposal for educational reform.

Currently, Paloma is a research assistant, researching college access and racial disparities. She is also a college advisor and mentor for high-achieving, low-income students.

Divi

Divi

CPSI Tutor

University of California, Berkeley
BSc. of Electrical Engineering
BSc. of Computer Science

Key Qualification

  • Stanford & UC Berkeley Annual Symposium Speaker
  • Published Researcher at UC Berkeley
  • Teacher Assistant at UC Berkeley
  • Google AR Software Engineer

Biography

Divi graduated with 4.0 GPA from UC Berkeley after transferring from San Mateo College. In college, Divi published three research papers, and presented two at the Stanford and UC Berkeley annual symposiums.

In summer of college freshman year,  Divi interned at NASA to design a Mars rover, where he was awarded the MVP award. During sophomore year, he conducted research under the EECS Department Chair, which was selected to be presented at the SACNAS national conference. 

At UC Berkeley, Divi interned  to design a micro-service for Google Maps, where he currently works as Google AR Software Engineer.

Sebastián

Sebastián

CPSI Tutor

Stanford University
BSc. of Mechanical Engineering

Key Qualification:

  • Researcher at Stanford Laboratory
  • 2nd in MIT THINK Competition

Biography

Seba is a rising sophomore at Stanford, who becamse interested in renewable energy at the start of high school.

The next few years, he began learning about how to solve the world’s energy problems. He has worked with 3 labs, focusing on low emissions hydrogen production. His senior year of high school, Seba won 2nd place in MIT THINK competition with his non-electric vaccine refrigerator, which was later funded by the Gates Foundation. Seba has also worked with the government of Chile, to reform STEM to be more engaging and enriching.

Currently, he is working at a Stanford lab to develop better atmospheric carbon capture methods. Seba loves educating and inspiring others, having tutored students for over 400 hours.

Timothy

Timothy

CPSI Tutor

University of California, Berkeley
BSc. of Computer Science

Key Qualification

  • SAP Labs Blockchain and Machine Learning Intern
  • Data Science Intern at Squarespace

Biography

Timothy is a rising junior at UC Berkeley. He’s passionate about computer science and its ability to solve meaningful problems in the world.

Timothy has interned at SAP Labs in the blockchain innovation team, developing a proof-of-concept application for supply-chain authenticity using blockchain. He has also interned at Squarespace as a data science, where he developed and optimized a machine learning model.

Timothy is an experienced educator, having mentored students as a private tutor and taught student-led courses in blockchain technology and Ethereum development for UC Berkeley. Timothy is excited to share his experience and enthusiasm for computer science with students. 

Colin

Colin

Debate Coach

Brown Univeristy
BA. of Ancient History

Key Qualification

  • Speaker at University of Georgia
  • Chapter Leader of Aequora (NGO)
  • Member of Deerfield Model UN

Biography

Colin attended Deerfield Academy before enrolling at Brown. Colin acquired public speaking, debating, and teaching experience in high school and college.

At Deerfield, he was a twice finalist and winner in his class’ declamation contest. He was also elected to positions due to his oration ability. He has won awards such as English Dept. prize, the History Dept. prize, the Faculty Award, and the Robert Crowe award for academic excellence. Colin was chosen to deliver commencement speech at Deerfield.

Colin served as a head peer tutor, and NGO chapter leader, and volunteer at a local Primary. Ultimately, Colin is invited to present his paper at the University of Georgia’s Undergrad. Classics Conference.

Thomas

Thomas

Debate Coach

University of Chicago
BA. of Political Science

Key Qualification

  • Winner of Debating Association of New England Independent School
  • Winner of National Speech and Debate Association Leagues

Biography

Thomas attended high school at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and is currently a sophomore at the University of Chicago. He found his passion for public speaking and debate in middle school, TASIS England, where he was an active member of his school’s debate team and went on to compete at the World Scholar’s Cup in Singapore.

Thomas has experience of both Parliamentary-Extemporaneous and Public Form debate styles and won several first place individual and team awards in both the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools and National Speech and Debate Association leagues.

Sinéad

Sinéad

Debate Coach

University of Bath
Masters of Pharmacy

Key Qualification

  • PGDip Clinical Pharmacy Practice (Secondary care)
  • Registration with General Pharmaceutical Council (UK)
  • Edward Jenner Foundations in Leadership
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate

Biography

As a senior clinical pharmacist in the UK Sinead has undertaken extensive clinical and scientific research and presented her results at a national level. She has vast experience in teaching and public speaking within the medical field both within the UK and across the world, particularly in developing countries, giving small tutorials and large lectures on topics related to her specialist field, often to students for whom English is their second language.

Having dedicated more than 10 years of her life to supporting young girls through guiding, Sinéad is a natural at spotting potential in young children and bringing it out of them. On arrival to Hong Kong she decided to give back to the city she loves and undertake her teaching English as a foreign language certification so that she can continue to help students of all ages, across Asia, improve their English and pursue their potential whilst continuing her own career in scientific research.

As a woman in science, Sinéad knows the importance of being able to understand, analyse and present scientific evidence. She learnt to present and speak publically as an adult and strongly believes if she had been given this education as a child her career may have had a smoother path. This is why she is passionate about ensuring others have these skills to ensure they can achieve to their highest potential.

Sydney

Sydney

Debate Coach

Princeton University 
BA. of Comparative Literature

Key Qualification:

  • Princeton Model UN
  • Princeton Writing Center Fellow
  • Published Writer at Young Adult Review Network
  • Managing Editor at Albany Road Magazine

Biography

Sydney graduated from Deerfield Academy and is a rising sophomore at Princeton. Performing throughout middle school, she further her acting at Deerfield playing many lead roles before applying her ability at public speaking podiums.

she competed in debate and public speaking tournaments across Massachusetts, and the International Independent Public Speaking Competition. She is currently a member of Princeton’s Model UN. 

A proficient writer, she was also the editor-in-chief of her high school’s literary magazine. Currently, Sydney is a student fellow at  Princeton’s Writing Center

Jingyu

Jingyu

Debate Coach

University College London 
BA. of English

Key Qualification:

  • Hong Kong Budding Poets Award 2019- Overall Champion (Gold)
  • Hong Kong Budding Poets Award 2019 – Poet of the School
  • Hong Kong Secondary School Chinese Speech Competition – Merit
  • Hong Kong Chinese Literary Society Speech Competition – Bronze

Biography

Jingyu is currently a first-year student at UCL studying English. A passionate writer, she has interned at FTChinese in Beijing, where she worked under the editorial and media department. There, she wrote and published a feature article talking about her experience as a student in Hong Kong, and also helped to create the English “word of the day” segment in the website.

Her love for writing has also led her to experiment with more creative forms of it; in 2019, she participated in the Hong Kong Budding Poets Award, where she won the overall competition as well as the Poet of the School Award. She has also published her poetry in UCL’s writer’s magazine, and is looking forward to contribute to UCL’s creative scene in the next few years.

Jingyu has also taken part in Chinese speech competitions during highschool, winning bronze at the 2014 Hong Kong Chinese Literary Society’s speech festival, as well as merits at the Hong Kong Secondary School Speech festival. She has served as a leader under her high school’s TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) project, where she planned and taught classes to local students.

Amber

Amber

Debate Coach

University of Oxford Graduate
BA. Biological Sciences

Key Qualification:

  •  President of St Hugh’s Biological Society 2019
  • Certified Project Management for Wildlife Conservation
  • Three times Oxford University Grant Awardee, funding Tropical Forest Ecology Research in Borneo
  • Assistant Conservation Biologist and Communications, WildCRU Project Lion Landscapes

Biography

Amber is an Oxford-educated scientist with a flawless academic record and a strong background in effective and engaging science tuition. Amber’s tutoring skills have been developed through working as a Private 1-1 Tutor for over a year. Alongside this, she has spent 6 weeks training and working as a Science and English teacher in Nepal. 

 

Having delivered presentations to prestigious local and national organizations, Amber is an avid and experienced Science communicator. A Conservationist, Amber currently works to research, support, and fundraise for Human-Lion coexistence across Kenya, Zambia, and Tanzania. 

William

William

Debate Coach

Oxford University 
BA. of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

Key Qualification:

  • World’s Individual Debating & Public Speaking Championship 2020 Qualifier
  • Vice-Captain, Choate Debate Team

Biography

William is a first year studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. He graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, where he served as Vice Captain of the school’s debate team and Secretary General of the Model UN team. He also participated in Ethics Bowl where his team won regionals and the National Economics Challenge where his team reached national semi-finals.

His passion for debate and public speaking included instructing junior members of Choate Debate and Choate MUN. He believes that engaging in debate and public speaking are instrumental in building students ability to think critically and express themselves effectively

Rebekah

Rebekah

Debate Coach

Columbia University
BA. of Computer Science

Key Qualification:

  • Choate Rosemary Debate Team
  • Columbia Debate Society Judge for Lincoln-Douglas & Parliamentary debate
  • MIT Research Assistant

Biography

Rebekah attended high school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut and is a rising sophomore at Columbia University. Bekah’s love of debate and public speaking began during her time at Choate where she took public speaking electives and was a member of Choate’s debate team. At the end of her freshman year, she took first place in Columbia’s George William Curtis Prize for Public Speaking for her persuasive speech about public health and false-tradeoffs. Outside of debate, Bekah works as a research assistant at MIT considering technology’s impact on pretrial justice. She is also Caroline D. Bradley Scholar, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Award Winner, and Choate Rosemary Hall Headmaster’s Scholar. She has loved Computer Science from a young age and found that debate gave her a voice to express her technical interests and gain valuable research skills. Bekah is thrilled to coach debate this summer and hopes to teach skills that have helped her in high school, college, and will continue to be crucial to her self-expression for many years to come. 

Charles

Charles

Debate Coach

University of Notre Dame
B.A. of Economics and Liberal Studies 

Key Qualification:

  • U.S. National Team Member, World Individual Debate and Public Speaking Championship (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Captain, Choate Debate Team
  • Coolidge Cup National Debate Qualifier
  • Stanford National Forensics Institute Championship Finalist

Biography

Charles is a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame where he is a candidate for degrees in Economics and Intellectual History of Literature (PLS). Outside of the classroom, his interests include diplomatic history, political philosophy, and constitutional theory. 
Charles possesses extensive parliamentary extemporaneous debate and public speaking experience, having qualified as a U.S. delegate to the 2018 WIDPSC world championships and led his high school’s nationally ranked debate program. 
In 2018, Charles  co-founded the New England Parli Colloquium to analyze and synthesize competition data within the Debating Association of New England Independent Schools (DANEIS) and he has studied rhetoric and argumentation theory at the prestigious Stanford National Forensics Institute (SNFI) and the Dartmouth Debate Institutes (DDI). Charles also qualified for the 2019 Tournament of Champions and won ranked speaker titles at the St. Pauls, Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Sebastians, and Roxbury Latin Invitationals. In addition to parliamentary debate, Charles  also competes at the national circuit levels in collegiate Mock Trial and Model United Nations. 
Alexander

Alexander

Debate Coach

Cambridge University 
BA. of Natural Science

Key Qualification:

  • Two Professional-Standard Music Diplomas
  • 4 A*s at A level
  • Gold in the UK Chemistry Olympiad
  • Merit in the British Mathematical Olympiad Round One

Biography

Alex’s full-time job is helping to design a science curriculum for an online learning platform for children between seven and eleven years old. In his time outside of this, he enjoys pursuing his passion for teaching and works freelance as an online tutor. While Alex mostly tutors academic maths and sciences (and has experience of preparing many of his older students for entry to highly competitive degree courses at Oxbridge), he also enjoys teaching a range of soft-skills including coaching students in debating.

Alex’s natural sciences course at Cambridge (from which he is currently taking a break to pursue teaching) involves a great range of subjects. He has experience of studying the history and philosophy of science, experimental psychology, neurobiology, physics, chemistry, materials science, and mathematics all at degree level. He was successful in his debating career at secondary school, and gained a plethora of public speaking experience in his capacity as his school’s deputy head prefect. Alex enjoys passing on his broad range of experience to those he tutors.

His passion for debate and public speaking included instructing junior members of Choate Debate and Choate MUN. He believes that engaging in debate and public speaking are instrumental in building students ability to think critically and express themselves effectively

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