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St. Luke’s School, a secular, college-preparatory day school.

Debate Coach & Teacher
377 N Wilton Rd, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA
Employment Classification: School Year Faculty
Company Description
St. Luke’s School, a secular, college-preparatory day school serving grades 5 through 12 in New Canaan, Connecticut attracts families from 25 towns throughout Connecticut and New York. A combination of challenging academics and truly exceptional community support distinguishes St. Luke’s and encourages our students to go above and beyond their own expectations. St. Luke’s offers an inclusive environment where differences in race, culture, and personal beliefs are embraced as assets that enhance education. St. Luke’s prides itself on being a forward-thinking school where students hone their own distinct leadership skills by developing a design mindset, an inclusive ethos, a global perspective, and a service orientation.
Job Description
St. Luke’s School, a secular, college-preparatory day school serving grades 5 through 12 in New Canaan, Connecticut, seeks a talented Head Debate Coach to direct our Upper and Middle School program. In this full-time faculty role, you will take the helm of a team whose climb in the state and national ranks over recent years has raised the bar on both skills and aspirations, and St. Luke’s is looking for an inspiring leader to continue that trajectory. Our program features older debaters who mentor and coach younger ones, a model that promotes the leadership skills we believe are fundamental to debate.

The St. Luke’s Debate program currently includes about 20 Upper School students and 15 Middle School students. The School competes in several leagues, including The Debating Association of New England Independent Schools (DANEIS), the Connecticut Debate Association (CDA), the American Debate League (ADL), and the National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA). In recent years, the St. Luke’s Debate team has qualified students for the WIDPSC World Championships and won the CDA High School State Championship. Most recently, several students at the Middle School and Upper School level qualified for the NSDA national tournament.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

Run all Middle and Upper School debate practice sessions, Monday-Thursday, 3:00pm-4:30pm.
Coach and judge debaters at all Upper School and Middle School tournaments, typically 2 weekends/month from September-June, including some overnight trips out of state.
Coordinate and communicate registration details for tournaments, travel logistics, and parent and faculty judges.
Manage the Debate Team budget for tournament entry and travel.
Hold a Class A endorsement on driver’s license and serve as the primary driver in SLS vehicles going to and from tournaments.
Work closely with and mentor assistant coaches with limited background in debate.
Provide post-tournament photos and write-ups for SLS Communications.
Teach separate Speech & Debate elective classes in both the Middle & Upper School.
Serve as an advisor or co-advisor for a group of 6 to 8 students.
Assist with faculty coverage duties, such as lunchroom or study hall supervision.

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