Speech and Debate Teacher
Mary leads the Speech and Debate Club for the True North Homeschool Academy.
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 an 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.
Mary thrived in speech and debate as a homeschooled student and now thrills to see her students developing skills and confidence through the club.
Professional Degrees & Experience
Mary holds a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Teaching and Instruction from Columbia College.