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.
Becca fell in love with Speech and Debate and the hardworking, passionate students who channel their voices through it on a trip to the Harvard tournament in 2016. She primarily coaches Extemp and Congress and her students have earned over 100 bids to the UKTOC in the 6 years she’s been coaching. She’s coached an MBA top-6 finisher and her students have reached final rounds at UK, Yale, Minneapple, The Glenbrooks, GMU, Princeton, ASU, Durham, Sunvite, Emory, Stanford, Harvard, UKTOC, and NSDA Nationals. She coached back-to-back Congressional Debate state champions in Ohio in 2019 and 2020 and International Extemp state champions in 2020 and 2021. She can’t wait for another great summer at ISD!
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.
Meg Howell-Haymaker is the Director of Forensics at Mountain View High School in Mesa, AZ. Throughout her 33 years as a coach, her teams have won seven state championships and fourteen NSDA District Trophies. She has had over 150 students qualify to compete at NSDA nationals, with many reaching elimination rounds and ten students have competed in various final rounds. She has also coached one student to the American Legion National Championship and six students to collegiate National Championships. In 2011 she was inducted into the NSDA Hall of Fame and in 2016, she was named the NSDA National Coach of the year.
Meg is excited to join the ISD Family this summer as the Curriculum Director for the Interpretation of Literature program. Her philosophy of coaching is simple: She will work with any student who has drive, even if finding their forensic strengths is an initial struggle. She cares about students and about forensics…and has seen the transformations that occur when the two are combined. She looks forward to working with you this 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!