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Jessie Chen, ADL CEO

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. Recently, in 2012, two of her Taipei Debate Academy students were awarded at the National Junior Forensics League.  Jessie Chen is also a a published author with a Cum Laude in English Literature B.A. and 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 Exam.

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Robert Hart

Writing, Debate, Science, Instructor


  • Masters of Arts History, California State University, Fullerton
  • Bachelors of Arts History + Minor in English Literature, Montclair State University, New Jersey
  • Certificate in Mandarin Chinese, Nanjing University
  • Certificate in TESOL, American TESOL Institute

Education is Robert’s passion, and he possesses the unique qualifications to effectively teach writing and debate. Robert earned a Masters of Arts in Early Modern European History from California State University, Fullerton. For his Bachelors of Arts in History and a Minor in English language and literature, he studied in Montclair State University, New Jersey. As you can imagine, earning both the B.A. and M.A. Degrees in History and Minor in English Literature requires excellent writing and debate skills. As an educator, Robert taught History and English at a private high school in Guam, including AP curriculum. During this time, Robert also coached and led students in mock trial, a nation-wide competition. Furthermore, he has authored and published Talent Calling, a sales book which is available on Google Books or Also, having a father who is a professor of Biology has given him more insights into science than the most of us, enabling him to teach beginners level science with ease. As an experienced teacher in the U.S., he was properly trained by the experts in the field of education to facilitate learning needs of different students – Visual, Audio, Kinesthetic, and Tactile – translating curriculum into learning objectives, lesson planning, and assessment.  As such, Robert strives to make learning fun and effective. In his classroom, students will gain not only his expert knowledge in the subject matter, but most importantly his genuine love for his students, his inborn enthusiasm for history, politics, writing, and communication!


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.

Julian Vincent Gagnon

Debate Coach


  • University of North Texas – Social Sciences Major
  • (Emphasis on Philosophy, Psychology, and Political Science; Peace Studies Minor)

Julian Gagnon was a champion debater in high school and college. Originally from Florida, Julian was a TOC policy debater before accepting a scholarship to debate at UNT. At UNT he reached the elimination rounds at most national tournaments and participated in the Kentucky Round Robin.  Having coached for Highland Park (TX), Grapevine (TX), and college programs including Augustana, and University of North Texas, Julian has worked with numerous award-winning debaters, and has coached in late elimination rounds of virtually every major national-circuit event in the country, including the Tournament of Champions, National Junior Forensics league, and the National Debate Tournament. He was part of a coaching staff that produced the top college debater at the National Debate Tournament.  His team was the focus of the 2007 documentary film Resolved, and he is considered one of the brightest young argument coaches in the U.S. Julian is a co-owner of and a researcher for various institutes. 

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 Mike Girouard

Debate Coach


  • University of North Texas – Interdisciplinary Studies Major
  • (Focus Areas: Sociology, Communications and Political Science)

Mike Girouard started debating in High School where he qualified for the State tournament and was a participant in elimination rounds at most every tournament he attended.  While in college Mike qualified for the NDT and reached elimination rounds at most Policy College Tournaments.  He also competed in and qualified for elimination rounds for Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association State Tournament and was awarded Top Speaker Honors.  Mike was also one of the top US teams to compete at The Worlds Universities Debating Championship.  He has coached at the High School Level at Highland Park High School (TX), Connally High School (TX), and Coppell High School (TX).  During this time he qualified numerous teams into the elimination rounds as well as top speaking awards. Mike has also coached at the collegiate level for the University of Rochester (NY), Kansas State University (KS), Baylor University (TX), The New School University (NY) and most recently at Augustana College (IL).  While coaching in college he coached teams to elimination rounds and speaker awards at nearly every tournament and qualified teams to compete at the National Debate Tournament.  Mike has a love for all forms of debate and experience teaching and coaching several forms of Individual Events.

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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 many years, 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.

dave_pic_to_editDave Arnett
 is the Director of Debate at the University of Kentucky. Before arriving at Kentucky, Dave was the Director of Debate at the University of California at Berkeley for twelve years. On 14 occasions, his teams have been ranked in the top 16 (US), including 10 top five teams, and 3 overall number one rankings. His teams have won almost every major college tournament in the US including Dartmouth, Harvard, Northwestern, and Wake Forest. He has coached a national championship team as well as two runner-ups. Dave was selected the National Coach of the Year on two separate occasions (2009, 2015). This year, Dave has had two separate teams ranked in the top 16 of the national debate coaches’ poll. He has over twenty years of experience teaching high school students.

Dave will be tutoring in Policy Debate and Public Forum.

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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