Gabe Rusk is currently the Director of Debate at the Fairmont Preparatory Academy in Anaheim, California. In his first year as director Fairmont Prep became the national TOC gold bid leader in PF. Fairmont qualified eight teams to the TOC in 2018 alone. Gabe has been a coach in Public Forum Debate for close to a decade and has taught over a thousand students in that time. Gabe has been the director or senior instructor at over a dozen camps and institutes. During high school Gabe was a PF competitor himself winning the 2010 Tournament of Champions in Public Forum Debate. After taking a debate scholarship to attend college he was awarded 4th place at the 2014 national university parli competition. Gabe then attended the University of Oxford as a graduate student with a focus on religion and the law. He graduated in 2016 where his dissertation focused on the history of the First Amendment and pluralism in the United States. At Oxford he was offered a place on the competitive traveling team, won best floor speech at the Oxford Debate Union, and was appointed the LGBTQIA+ Officer for the world’s oldest debating society. Gabe was also elected as the international students officer representing over 7,000 students during his time at Oxford. He cannot wait to join the ISD Faculty and spend another summer working with students!
After 15 years of coaching, Angelique Ronald has refocused her attention to advocating for matters of equity and inclusion in the world of speech and debate. Through publications (including Rostrum winter 2017 article “Women In Competitive Forensics”), national conference presentations (2018: “Fostering Inclusivity and Safe Spaces at Tournaments: Best Practices” and 2019: “Gender Inequity in Speech and Debate: A Solutions-Focused Discussion”), and advocacy in California and beyond, Angelique promotes solutions-based, culture-wide changes to make forensics a more accessible, open, and safe space for all.
Angelique currently serves as the State Tournament Director / Vice President of Activities of the California High School Speech Association, the co-President of the Southern Valley Forensic League, and a member of the Sierra District Committee for the National Speech and Debate Association.
Crawford Leavoy is the Director of Speech & Debate at Durham Academy in Durham, NC. Throughout his years coaching throughout the Southeast, Crawford has coached multiple TOC Qualifiers, NCFL Qualifiers and NSDA Qualifiers. His students have gone on to be the Runner-Ups & 3rd Place in Public Forum in NSDA, 9th Place in Lincoln Douglas, 9th Place in International Extemporaneous Speaking and multiple Semifinalists in Congressional Debate. At the 2020 NSDA National Tournament, Durham Academy was recognized as a School of Outstanding Distinction (Top-10 school).
Crawford focuses into creating a diverse team with well-rounded students. He works closely with students in Lincoln-Douglas, Congressional Debate and Interpretation.
Crawford serves on the NSDA’s Lincoln-Douglas Wording Committee, NSDA Tarheel East District Chair and the Director of Debate for the Dogwood Speech and Debate League.
Amy Lattimore is a school nurse for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Before working at CMS, Amy worked in a variety of nursing roles including in Pediatrics and the PICU in hospitals in the Charlotte and Chicago areas. At ISD, Amy lives in the dorms and is available 24/7 for any health concern that may arise for our students. She handles all medication distribution and ensures that students receive the care and attention that they need while away from home.
2022 will be Amy’s 7th summer with ISD and she cannot wait to return for another summer with her ISD Family!
Jennifer Jerome is currently coaching at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska. She has been coaching since 1989 and a member coach since 1996. She is a member of the NSDA Board of Directors. She has served on the Nebraska District Committee since 2002, serving as chair multiple times. In 2010, she was the local director for the NCFL Grand National Tournament held in Omaha and has served at the Archdiocese of Omaha League Director since 2006. Jennifer was awarded the James Thurber Distinguished Teacher award by the Nebraska Speech Communication and Theater Association in 2010. She also sits on the Board of Directors for Guided by Kids, a non-profit in Omaha, NE that gets students involved with their community by teaching critical thinking skills through speech and debate. She was the NSDA Nebraska State Educator of the Year in 2018. She has been awarded the NSDA Nebraska District Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2018. Along with numerous state champions and state finalists, Jennifer has coached students to out rounds, including finals, at all levels of national competition, including the 2018 NIETOC Expository Champion. In 2019, Jennifer was the coach of the NSDA Student of the Year. Jennifer is a four-diamond coach.
Meredith Deaton coached 3 national champions in United States extemp in a 4-year period, a national record. She has also coached 9 state champions in International Extemp, US Extemp, and Lincoln-Douglas debate, 3 invitees to the Montogomery Bell Extemp Round Robin, and multiple finalists at tournaments such as Harvard, UT Austin, Stanford, and St. Mark’s. In 2014, Northwestern University’s Extemp Tournament of Champions named her Coach of the Year. After studying political science at New York University, she developed first-hand knowledge of global affairs by traveling to over 40 countries, including a 2015 Fund for Teachers fellowship to research genocide recovery in Germany and Rwanda, and an independent exploration of Central Asian countries participating in China’s Belt and Road Initiative. After coaching at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa for ten years, she now coaches privately while teaching AP Government, AP Macroeconomics, and AP Human Geography at the Science and Engineering Magnet in Dallas, TX.
Bilal Butt is currently Assistant Director at Charlotte Latin School. His teams have earned a long list of impressive results. Over his coaching career, his teams have closed out Yale (1st and 2nd place), championed the George Mason Invitational, reached Finals of Wake Forest, Harvard, Blake, and NCFL Grand Nationals, reached Semifinals of the New York City, Emory and Glenbrooks invitational tournaments. They also reached Quarterfinals at the Tournament of Champions. Bilal has also helped coach two teams to the quarterfinals of the NSDA World Schools Invitational (out of 200 teams). Bilal is very excited to be returning to ISD for another outstanding summer!
Lillian Adeyemi is entering her nineteenth year as an educator and just completed her first year as Director of Forensics at Seven Lakes High School and first term as the President of the Texas Forensic Association (TFA). Previously she was the Assistant Director at Seven Lakes High School for four years, Director of Forensics at Hastings High School for nine years and at Cy-Woods High School for one year. She has had a National Champion in Dramatic Interpretation, National Finalist in Prose, Duo, Congress and quarter-finalists in PF. While at Seven Lakes she helped coach the back to back National Runner ups in Student Congress House, and one who is junior staffer at ISD, Jun Yong Kim. She has had champions in several events at UT, GMU Patriot Games, Sunvite, Emory, Harvard and NIETOC. In the state of Texas she has had TFA State Champions in Dramatic, Domestic & Foreign Extemp, and finalist in Congress, Informative, Oratory, Humorous, Duo Interpretation and UIL State Champions in Congress, Prose and Poetry and finalist in LD, Persuasive & Informative Speaking.
When not coaching forensics, Ms. Adeyemi loves going to the theatre, traveling and spending time with family and friends. She recently graduated with her Master of Education in Counseling and Development from Lamar University in Beaumont and is a certified school counselor in the state of Texas. She has recently obtained employment at the private practice Pearls of Change Wellness, LLC in Katy, TX and is working to become a Licensed Professional Counselor and Play Therapist. She is excited to be back with ISD and looking forward to another wonderful summer of learning and fun!