Mary Russell is an (almost) life-long participant in the world of speech and debate. After competing in the “junior” homeschool speaking league, she began debating at the age of 12 and had a successful career in Team Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Parliamentary Debate. After graduating high school, Mary earned a B.A in English and a M.A. in Teaching and Instruction from Columbia College. For the last six years, Mary has coached STOA debaters at all levels of experience, while also serving as the Program Director/Traveling Coach for American Logos, an international debate team. Mary loves working with new debaters and seeing the progression of confidence-building and skill development that occurs when students find their voice.