Basic Information


  • B.S., Carroll University
  • Teaching Certificate, Marquette University
  • Professional Development, Harvard University

Courses Taught

Public Speaking

Awards & Honors

  • National Forensic League Distinguished Service Award
  • National Forensic League Second Diamond Award
  • National Forensic League Circle of Champion Coach
  • Wisconsin Forensic Coaches’ Association Coach of the Year
  • Milwaukee Public Schools Educator Citation
  • Milwaukee Common Council Resolution


  • Introduction to Debate: A Public Forum Debate Handbook. Beijing World Publishing Corporation (Beijing), 2013. Associate editor and contributing author for bilingual textbook in English/Mandarin, targeted for grades 8-12.
  • “Debating, Speaking & Performing: Spark Cross-Curricular Critical Thinking to Meet the Common Core.” National Alliance for Public Charter Schools Conference, Accepted for June 2013 presentation.
  • “Speech, Literature, Social Studies, and the Common Core.” Rostrum magazine, February 2013.
  • “Speech and Debate in the High School Classroom.” Dipont Education, China, May 2012 presentation to 120 high school teachers in Wuxi, China.
  • “How Co-Curricular Speech and Debate Programs Can Bolster Standardized Test Scores, Literacy, Critical Thinking, and 21st Century Skills.” National School Boards Association: National Conference, April 2012 presentation.
  • “Advocating High School Speech Communication Education: Sowing Stronger Seeds for the Future.” National Developmental Conference for Individual Events, August 2010 panel/paper (National Forensic Association).
  • “Communication Education in the Information Age.” National Communication Association: Convention, November 2009. Panel presentation, Elementary & Secondary Education Section.
  • Coaching Guide: Directing Debate & Speech Activities. National Forensic League (Ripon, WI), 2009, 3rd ed. Comprehensive handbook designed for a variety of coaching/teaching circumstances.
  • Student Congress Debate. Rosen Publishing (New York), 2007. Speech textbook.

Areas of Interest

  • Forensic public speaking and debating
  • Pedagogy of teaching
  • Secondary education
  • Common Core state standards
  • Social media

Professional/Scholarly Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Wisconsin Communication Association (Secretary/Webmaster)
  • National Communication Association
  • Ripon Rotary Club (board of directors)
  • City of Ripon Historic Preservation Commission
  • Ripon Lumen Charter High School Governance Committee
  • Harvard Debate Council – Curriculum Director and Tournament Division Coordinator