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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

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 (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.

 

Lincoln Douglas

Our LD coaches are Zoe Morgan (LA'14), lila lavender, Flora Wang (LA'23) and Doron Darnov.

Zoe is a former MVLA student who competed in Lincoln-Douglas and Parliamentary debate. Her senior year, she was named an Academic All American. As an undergraduate at American University, Zoe competed in the American Parliamentary Debate League. She was 15th Speaker of the Year and 16th Team of the Year. She helps with general administration, as well as LD coaching.

 

Parliamentary

Our Parliamentary Debate coaches are Sierra Maciorowski, Rhea Jain, Dilan Desir, and Shaurya Kadiyala (LA'23).

Sierra competed in parliamentary debate in high school, and NPDA, APDA, British Parli, and impromptu and extemporaneous speaking in college. She ended her first semester of NPDA ranked #21 nationally, and reached elimination rounds at NPDA Nationals. She also served as Executive Director of the POI Debate Institute while in college. Sierra began coaching high school parli in 2015, and joined MVLA in 2016. Her students have qualified to and won the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, the parli division at the CHSSA state tournament, and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, but she cares more that they grow as debaters and as people. Outside of her day job in environmental policy, Sierra enjoys reading, baking, and wandering on public transit.

 Public Forum

 

Our Public Forum Debate coaches are Michael Wu (LA'15), Archer Date (MV'22) and My Kim Ong.

Michael debated for the MVLA team from 2012-2015. Competing in Congressional debate, he served as co-captain of the congress team during the 2014-2015 school year. He took first place in Congressional debate at the 2013 Fall SCU tournament. During his senior year, he began debating in public forum, advancing to the quarterfinal round at the 2015 Spring SCU tournament. In 2015, Michael started his coaching career with the YFL program at Egan Junior High School, coaching impromptu speech. A recent graduate of Santa Clara University, he enjoys cooking, astronomy, and music, and spends most of his free time watching shows on Netflix.

 

Speech

Our Speech coach is Pearlin Liu.

 

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