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We have a staff of around a dozen adults who work with the students at team meetings. The staff is comprised of college students, to whom we pay a small stipend, volunteers from the community, and team parents. We also have large team of dedicated student leaders who make sure all the team's activities run smoothly.

If you are an adult with a background in speech or debate who is interested in working with us, email the head coach at

Head Coach

Julie Herman (pictured with Los Altos DH) is the director of the Mountain View-Los Altos district Speech and Debate Team. Before taking the lead position in 2015, she led the Parli squad at MVLA (2011-2014) and was Head Coach at Prospect High School (2012-2014). Students trained by her have been champions at the CHSSA State Tournament, Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, Stanford Tournament, and Yale Tournament (to name a few) and have qualified for the NSDA National Tournament. Although her students have graduated and gone on to attend prestigious universities, including UCLA, UC Berkeley, U Chicago, and Yale, she spends a lot of time telling them that it's not the fanciness of the university that counts but how right in yourself it makes you feel. Her day job is not this, but she often wishes it were. Julie is excited to pass on her experience of speech and debate as family to students in the MVLA district.
Julie Herman (pictured with Los Altos DH) is the director of the Mountain View-Los Altos district Speech and Debate Team. As a high school student, she competed in parliamentary debate and impromptu, continuing her parli career at Santa Clara University. There, she learned to coach Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, Extemp, and Original Oratory. Before taking the lead position at MVLA in 2015, she led the MVLA Parli squad MVLA (2011-2014), was Head Coach at Prospect High School (2012-2014), and worked as lecturer for several other camps, academies, and workshops. Students trained by her have been champions at the CHSSA State Tournament, Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, Stanford Tournament, and Yale Tournament (to name a few) and have qualified to the NSDA National Tournament. Although her students have graduated and gone on to attend prestigious universities, including UCLA, UC Berkeley, U Chicago, and Yale, she spends a lot of time telling them that it's not the fanciness of the university that counts but how right it makes you feel. Julie is excited to pass on her experience of speech and debate as family to students in the MVLA district.

 

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