Mo Marks is a two time ISD Alumna. She competed in both extemporaneous speaking and impromptu speaking all four years of her time at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, where she is currently the captain of the speech and debate team. Mo has excelled locally, winning five state championships so far as well as qualifying to NSDAs three times so far. She has also had success on the national circuit with final round appearances at Yale, Florida Blue Key, Glenbrooks, Crestian, Patriot Games, Montgomery Bell Academy, Marshall, and Harvard. She quarterfinaled at ETOC twice in extemp, semifinaled once at UKTOC in extemp, and she finaled at ETOC in impromptu. In 2019, she won the NSDA national tournament in Impromptu! Mo also works to strengthen her community by coaching middle school PF and oratory as well as working with her novice team mates to increase their skills. Mo can’t wait to help more students from around the country experience the ISD difference this summer!
Rhonda coached speech and debate for 21 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, spending the last ten years of her career at Plano West Senior High School. She coached students at the local, state and national levels in LD debate, Public Forum Debate, Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. In Extemporaneous Speaking, she coached multiple champions at the Montgomery Bell Academy Extemp Round Robin, the Capital City Extemp Round Robin, The Harvard High School Tournament, The University of Kentucky TOC, and the ETOC at Northwestern University, as well as multiple finalists and champions at the NSDA National Tournament.
She is proud of the accomplishments of her team including multiple state awards and achieving the School of Outstanding Distinction Award for 5 straight years at the NSDA national tournament.
Rhonda retired from coaching but continues consulting with students who are competitive on the state and national extemp circuit. She is excited to join the ISD faculty in 2020 in both Florida and Carolina.
In her spare time, Rhonda enjoys spending time on her ranch in Texas with her husband of 30 years, where she raises goats and Red Angus cattle.
Yatesh Singh is the Co-head coach for Speech at Lakeville North High School in Minnesota. With more than a decade of coaching experience in various debate and speech events, his students have won or reached late elimination rounds of a variety of national tournaments including Blake, Bronx Science, the Extemp TOC, Glenbrooks, Harvard, MBA, NIETOC, & NSDA Nationals. He was the recipient of the 2017 Community Service award at the Extemp Tournament of Champions, and he credits his better half and fellow coach, Liz Vieira Singh, with continuously inspiring him to provide his students the most rewarding forensics experience possible. Yatesh is very excited to share the #ISDDifference with students this summer!
Colin has been the Upper School Debate Teacher at Saint Mary’s Hall in San Antonio, Texas for the past five years. He is excited to join the ISD faculty and experience the #ISDDifference in Carolina. Colin has coached in camps for nearly a decade, having worked in both the interpretation and extemporaneous speaking divisions of the University of Texas National Institute in Forensics as well as being the Assistant Curriculum Director of the interpretation camp at the George Mason Institute in Forensics and the Congressional Debate Director at the MGCDI Camp.
Colin has had the privilege of having students invited to the Billy Tate Memorial Montgomery Bell Academy Round Robin all five years he has been a debate coach and has had students receive 10 invitations to compete at the Capitol City Extemporaneous Speaking Round Robin in that same time span. He has had the honor of coaching students to final rounds and championships at the Yale Invitational, the Glenbrooks, the Barkley Forum, Harvard National Forensics Tournament, the Texas Forensic Association State Tournament, National Speech & Debate Association National Tournament and Extemporaneous Speaking Tournament of Champions at Northwestern across multiple debate and public speaking events.
As a high school coach, he is honored to have had his team win the TFA Championship three out of the last four years, earn status as a Speech School of Excellence at NSDA Nationals for the past four years, as well as coach the 2016 William Woods Tate, Jr. National Student of the Year. He is currently serving as the President of the Texas Speech Communication Association and is the Founder of the Texas Junior Speech & Debate Association.
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.