ADL Teachers


Jessie Chen

The Founder and CEO of Asian Debate League

The U.S. National Speech & Debate Association, Taiwan District Chair

Debate & Writing Instructor


  • U.S. English Teacher Competency (PRAXIS) Exam, Rank #1
  • California State University, M.A. English Education, Rank #1
  • California State University, B.A. in English Literature, Rank #2
  • California Teaching Credential in High School English 
  • University of California San Diego, AP English Credential
  • Los Angeles College, A.A. in Liberal Arts
  • Toledo College, A.A. in Business Administration 

Jessie Chen, the founder and the CEO of Taipei Debate Academy and Asian Debate League. She is a former high school English teacher who has successfully coached a debate team at Santee High School. Her former debate team has participated in the Global, UN Debate in 2008 for the first time, and has ranked 4th place. Then in 2009, the team ranked 2nd. For this success, L.A. Mayor Villaraigosa personally visited and awarded her students in 2008 and California Congressman Bessara personally visited her students in 2009. Jessie and her Santee students were interviewed by several media: L.A. Times, TV Channel 35 Los Angeles, and given scholarships to 2008 Victory Brief Summer Camp held at UCLA. Very first year she moved to Taiwan, in 2012, two of her Taipei Debate Academy students were awarded at the U.S. National Speech & Debate Association, and ever since the number of awards keeps growing exponentially every year. Jessie Chen is also a a published author with a Cum Laude in English Literature B.A. and Summa Cum Laude in in Teaching English M.A. from CSULA, and a former college instructional aid for California State University Los Angeles and Pasadena City College. In a nut shell, Jessie as the most competent and innovative English teacher in the United States is documented below as she holds the record highest score on PRAXIS (Teacher Competency) Exam. Jessie still holds her California English Teaching Credential.



John Ferris

Debate, Speech, and Writing Instructor





  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Arts and Sciences Communication &
  • Minor Degree in Marketing, San Diego State University

John’s coaching style reflects his personality; energetic, passionate, honest, encouraging, and understanding of his student’s needs. While studying communication and marketing at San Diego State University, John was introduced to the world of debate. Taking courses in Argumentation and Persuasion, he joined the parliamentary debate team where he competed on the SDSU squad for two years. His competitive nature led him to pursue an opportunity to work in Beijing, China, coaching high school students in the art of speech and debate. Contracted to various high schools, John is experienced in coaching national champions and beginners alike. The result of his tenure in Beijing yielded twoNSDA China championshipsin Public Forum (PF) debate, with several regional championships in PF, as well as Original Oratory (OO). Outside of debate, John satisfies his competitive spirit through chess, basketball, tennis, football, and soccer. In his spare time John also participates in improvisational comedy, which contributes to a class atmosphere of fun and engagement, while still teaching the foundations and strategies needed to be successful as a debater. 

Tyler Prochazka


Tyler Prochazka

Debate and Speech Instructor





  • Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Economics, International Affairs, and Asia Studies at Western Kentucky University
  • Completing MA in Asia Studies at National Chengchi University

Tyler has been involved with speech and debate for over a decade. Tyler’s love for debate is reflected in his passion for his current academic and career choices. Over the years, Tyler has volunteered for both his high school and college debate teams, providing research, judging, and helping coach a state champion team. He began his career as a high school policy debater in Kansas, where he focused on delving deep into both traditional policy and critical arguments. As a high school debater, he took top three in the state championship three consecutive times, and was part of the first two-person team from his school to break at the national NSDA tournament in modern history. At a prestigious invitational tournament in Kansas his senior year, Tyler was recruited by Western Kentucky University (WKU) to participate in the nation’s top Lincoln Douglas policy debate team. In college, he was part of the national championship team three times, and as a freshman was a novice national NFA LD co-champion, and was a PKD national LD co-champion as a junior. In speech, Tyler is well versed in extemp and impromptu. Throughout college, Tyler was also actively involved in journalism, being recognized by Columbia University and receiving multiple state championships for his work. With his debate skills, Tyler has applied this passion to researching the basic income concept, becoming the features editor for Basic Income Earth Network, and helping to co-found UBI Taiwan. In his role at UBI Taiwan, Tyler established and directed the first ever Basic Income Asia Pacific international conference, working with scholars from around the globe. He has recently become a research assistant for the U.S. State Department, providing reports on Artificial Intelligence’s status and trends in international affairs and law. Currently, Tyler is completing a Fulbright scholarship at National Chengchi University, where he is receiving a Master’s in Asia Studies, completing his dissertation on the basic income movement in Taiwan. Previously, Tyler has studied Mandarin Chinese in China, participating in several intensive language programs with the U.S. government. He used this knowledge to help teach Chinese to several middle and high school classrooms across Kentucky as a junior in college.



Ryan Engen

Volunteer Debate Coach




  • Ph. D. in International Economics
  • M.A., B.A. in Economics

Dr. Ryan Engen is currently a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, having served in Taiwan, China, and Brussels.  He previously was a Professor of International Economics and Studies at the University of North Texas in Dallas, an economist for the South Korean Mission to the WTO in Geneva, a consultant for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, and an investment banker.  While attending Claremont McKenna College, he debated extensively on the national circuit, winning or placing in the top five of many national tournaments and Round Robins, and was a pioneer in the use of Kritiks on both the affirmative and the negative in the early 1990s.  He also coached for three years a U.S. high school national circuit team which reached elimination rounds of most national tournaments, including NSDA Nationals.  He taught at Stanford and Claremont Debate Institutes.  He was National Champion Scholastic All-American for best overall college debate career, coaching and community service, and academic accomplishments.


Jesse Greenfield

Writing & Drama Instructor



  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2002; with Honors
  • Yeshiva Univ., B.S. Finance and Accounting, 1998; Class Rank: 1
  • Admitted to New York and California State Bar.

Jesse Greenfield earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and practiced corporate and entertainment law in New York and Los-Angeles for nearly a decade, before turning to fiction writing full-time. His concentration is on play and short-fiction writing, with a number of produced plays in Los-Angeles to his credit. His familiarity with writing standards across a broad spectrum of disciplines, permits Jesse to teach his students how to write effectively with a specific reader in mind. But it is, ultimately, the love of the written word that Jesse wishes to nurture in his students.

ADL-Affiliated Teachers

 Asian Debate League is the Exclusive Agent in Taiwan of the following coaches. Please contact ADL if you are interested in taking their classes.

Brennan Schartz

Brennan Schartz

Debate Instructor



  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A. in Communication Studies, to be completed 2019
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, B.A. in Political Science, to be completed 2019
  • University of Missouri – Kansas City, Minor in Anthropology, to be completed 2019

Brennan Schartz is currently a debater on a nationally ranked collegiate debate team from the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has participated in Speech and Debate for over 7 years. During this time, he has coached for one of the top 10 biggest high school debate programs in the country, multiple national circuit policy debate teams, local state champions, and NSDA national tournament qualifiers. He’s also had competitive success himself, which includes winning multiple collegiate tournaments, qualifying for the National Debate Tournament, and helping his teams to reach the finals of CEDA and late elimination rounds of the NDT.

Apart from debate Brennan focuses on being a leader in the Kansas City community. Holding meetings with the Mayor, Federal Congressmen, and even spending time speaking with the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations. He now focuses on the upcoming mid-term election cycle in the United States and has already received internships on major national congressional campaigns. After completely his undergraduate studies Brennan plans to attend law school and study International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law in order to work with refugees and victims of war domestically and abroad.  


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Joel Mounts

Debate, Writing, Science, Math Instructor



  • B.S. in Biopsychology and Pre-med from Grand Valley State University in Michigan
  • Grand Valley State University in Michigan Department of Psychology, Dr. Josita Maouene Lab, Researched & Published Language Development from 2010-12
  • University of Arkansas Department of Chemical Engineering, Dr. Jamie Hestekin Lab, Researched & Published Biofuel Technology 2012

Joel’s passion for research and debate began in a suburban Michigan high school. There, he was introduced to Policy Debate and MUN. Debate allowed him to relentlessly raise questions about improving the world by better policies and MUN taught him skills of mitigating world tensions by geopolitical negotiations.  A strong regimen of AP classes in high school led Joel to a university program focused largely on biology, psychology, and chemistry. He immediately went to work applying science knowledge in the Dr. Maouene Lab for five semesters (see lab brochures from Fall 2010 and Spring 2012), studying and publishing how children naturally acquire language. He also joined Dr. Hestekin lab at the University of Arkansas developing and publishing the university’s first viable system for delivering carbon dioxide to algae used in biofuels. He finished his final year of university with a research and publication in investigating emotional language used in relationships. In his final years of university, Joel dived into teaching these same research skills at his university library in the first year of an innovative peer-research program. After over 60 consultations, Joel was rated as “very comfortable” in his field and rated “confidence boosting” in 100% of his appointments. After graduation, Joel went to mainland China to continue teaching both English speaking and writing. Joel is classically trained in violin, an avid tea drinker, a voracious sushi eater, and a lover of trees. As a teacher, he brings to his class his unique world view, experience, and energy. Joel believes that nurturing self-motivation and self-confidence in students while emphasizing real-world practice is the key to learning and mastering any academic skills.

ADL-Affiliated Online Teachers

Asian Debate League is the Exclusive Contact and Agent in Taiwan of the following coaches. Please contact ADL if you are interested in online courses with the US Top-Tier Debate Coaches from the US.

Stefan.jpgStefan Bauschard
 has been a policy debate coach for the Harvard University Debate Council for over a decade, and currently the Debate Coach for Lakeland School District, Stefan has been actively teaching speaking and debating in the United States at both the high school and college levels since 1994. During that time, he has taught hundreds of students, developed and tabulated more than seventy-five tournaments, spent thousands of hours developing research and instructional materials for debaters all over the country, and has developed academic speech and debate workshops in the United States and abroad.

Stefan is available for Public Forum coaching.


Brian Manuel

Brian Manuel is the Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University and the Director of Debate at Edgemont High School. Prior to Stanford, Brian coached for Harvard University, where his teams were greatly successful achieving multiple First Round At-Large bids to the National Debate Tournament and participating in elimination rounds at every tournament they attended. At Stanford, Brian has coached teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament, Cross-Examination Debate Association National Championship along with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Arizona State, Gonzaga, and San Francisco State University. On the high school circuit, Brian has coached the champions of the 2003 Bronx Science, 2008 Barkley Forum, 2011 Meadows & USC tournaments, and the 2012 Golden Desert Invitational. In addition, Brian has had multiple teams in the elimination rounds of the Tournament of Champions, NDCA, NCFL, and NSDA Nationals with finals finishes in 2007 and 2012, in addition to coaching the top speaker at NSDA Nationals in 2013. In 2015, Brian began coaching debate at Edgemont high school.  In his first year, Brian coached one Policy team to the TOC, with the team earning 6 TOC bids and reaching the quarterfinals at Harvard. One of the debaters was accepted to Harvard and the other to Stanford. In only his second year at Edgement (2016-17), he has grown the team to more than 50 debaters.

Brian will be tutoring in Policy, PD, and Lincoln-Douglas.

Mikaeala MalsinDr. Mikaeala Malsin
 is currently the Director of Debate at Georgetown University. Previously, she was an Associate Director of Debate at Emory University, her alma mater. At Emory Mikaela has coached multiple first round at large bids to the National Debate Tournament, and one team who placed third in the Copeland award rankings. In 2012, she received an M.A. in Communications from Wake Forest University, where she coached teams receiving first round bids and clearing at the National Debate Tournament. She completed her Ph.D. in Communication Studies at the University of Georgia, where she coached from 2012 to 2015. Mikaela has taught debate at the Emory National Debate Institute, the Dartmouth Debate Institute, the Georgia Debate Institute, and the Dallas Urban Debate Alliance summer institute.

Mikaela will be tutoring in Policy Debate and Public Forum.

bilalBilal Butt is currently Assistant Director and the Public Forum Debate coach at Ardrey Kell High School. This year (2016-17), his teams closed out Yale and reached finals of Wake Forest and semifinals of the New York City and Glenbrooks Invitational. In 2015-16, his team received seven bids and reached the octafinals of the Tournament of Champions The were the runner-up at the Blake tournament and the Blake Round Robin and reached the octafinals of the Harvard tournament while also “championing” the Laird Lewis Invitational.

Bilal is available for Public Forum coaching.

Kevin hKevin Hamrick is the Director of Debate at Montgomery Bell Academy.  This year his teams have dominated the national policy circuit, winning St. Mark’s, New Trier, and the Glenbrooks. His teams have also advanced to the elimination rounds at every other major tournament. Prior to coaching at Montgomery Bell, Kevin coached at Northwestern, where he assisted with coaching multiple national champions.

Kevin be tutoring in Policy Debate.


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