Professional Development

What are NSDA CONNECT and NSDA LEARN?

In August of 2019, the NSDA moved its professional development courses and discussion boards from www.NSDAConnect.org to our own website so we can improve our offerings by incorporating materials available exclusively to NSDA members. A plus: no additional login required!

NSDA CONNECT is the name of our discussion forums for member coaches only. The forums serve as a place for coaches to connect with each other and as a way for the NSDA to get feedback from members.

NSDA LEARN is the name of our new set of self-paced online professional development courses. Upon successful completion of a course, member coaches will be able to download a professional development certificate documenting their time spent taking the course.

If you are interested in authoring a course, please email Lauren McCool, our Education and Recognition Coordinator, at lauren.mccool@speechanddebate.org.

Professional Accreditation

The National Speech & Debate Association is proud to recognize outstanding members for their expertise in coaching and teaching speech and debate. Our Professional Accreditation Program recognizes coaches and educators who are committed to furthering their education and skills to better meet the needs of their students. Visit our FAQ page for more information.

If you are a member of the National Speech & Debate Association and would like to become an accredited coach or educator, please check back in late January 2020 for our newly updated professional accreditation program. If you have questions about this new program please email Lauren McCool at lauren.mccool@speechanddebate.org

Accredited Coaches and Educators

Individuals must complete the Professional level of accreditation before earning Advanced Professional accreditation.
Professional Speech & Debate Educator

 

  • Jennifer Adams, Big Spring High School, TX
  • Clint Adams, Big Spring High School, TX
  • Linda Diane Alt, Canterbury High School, IN
  • Molly K. Beck, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO
  • Lisa Bompiani-Smith, Greater Latrobe High School, PA
  • Deanne Christensen, Oak Ridge High School, TX
  • Gavin Couvelha, Valley Center High School, KS
  • Michael Curry, Sprague High School, OR
  • Minnia Curtis, Carlsbad High School, CA
  • Tammy Daugherty, Munster High School, IN
  • Robert Dolan, Lake Mary Preparatory School, FL
  • Cody Duncan, Borger High School, TX
  • Harold Easton, Marianas High School, Saipan
  • Ross D. Eichele, Blaine High School, MN
  • Deon Garner, Warwick High School, VA
  • Lynne Gervais, Fernley High School, NV
  • Candy B. Gleason, Edward Little High School, ME
  • B.A. Gregg, Randolph Macon Academy, VA
  • Ellen Hawkes Howard, Bandon High School, OR
  • Kelsey Johnson, West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND
  • Kristine Lapierre, Vista Murietta High School, CA
  • Toni Martinet, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, SD
  • Sharon McGraw, Horizon Science Academy, OH
  • Chris Miller, Lee’s Summit West High School, MO
  • Adam Nelson, The Harker School, CA
  • Reed Niemi, Delta Charter High School, CA
  • Ryan Ray, Grant County High School, KY
  • Shannon Rote, Copley High School, OH
  • Julie Schniers, Central High School – San Angelo, TX
  • Trey Smith, East Mountain High School, NM
  • Brad Swygard, American Christian School, OK
  • Kevin Tong, Alhambra High School, CA
  • Raphael Waldrop, Hattiesburg High School, MS
  • Joseph Wolter, Homestead High School, IN
  • Rodney Wren, Sr., Wichita Collegiate Upper School, KS
  • Mary Ann Yoskey-Berty, Trinity High School, PA
  • Jennifer Adams, Big Spring High School, TX
  • Clint Adams, Big Spring High School, TX
  • Linda Diane Alt, Canterbury High School, IN
  • Molly K. Beck, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO
  • Lisa Bompiani-Smith, Greater Latrobe High School, PA
  • Deanne Christensen, Oak Ridge High School, TX
  • Gavin Couvelha, Valley Center High School, KS
  • Michael Curry, Sprague High School, OR
  • Minnia Curtis, Carlsbad High School, CA
  • Tammy Daugherty, Munster High School, IN
  • Robert Dolan, Lake Mary Preparatory School, FL
  • Cody Duncan, Borger High School, TX
  • Harold Easton, Marianas High School, Saipan
  • Ross D. Eichele, Blaine High School, MN
  • Deon Garner, Warwick High School, VA
  • Lynne Gervais, Fernley High School, NV
  • Candy B. Gleason, Edward Little High School, ME
  • B.A. Gregg, Randolph Macon Academy, VA
  • Ellen Hawkes Howard, Bandon High School, OR
  • Kelsey Johnson, West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND
  • Kristine Lapierre, Vista Murietta High School, CA
  • Toni Martinet, Sioux Falls Lincoln High School, SD
  • Sharon McGraw, Horizon Science Academy, OH
  • Chris Miller, Lee’s Summit West High School, MO
  • Adam Nelson, The Harker School, CA
  • Reed Niemi, Delta Charter High School, CA
  • Ryan Ray, Grant County High School, KY
  • Shannon Rote, Copley High School, OH
  • Julie Schniers, Central High School – San Angelo, TX
  • Trey Smith, East Mountain High School, NM
  • Brad Swygard, American Christian School, OK
  • Kevin Tong, Alhambra High School, CA
  • Raphael Waldrop, Hattiesburg High School, MS
  • Joseph Wolter, Homestead High School, IN
  • Rodney Wren, Sr., Wichita Collegiate Upper School, KS
  • Mary Ann Yoskey-Berty, Trinity High School, PA
Advanced Professional Speech & Debate Educator

 

  • Matthew F. Brandstetter, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, CA
  • Deanne Christensen, Oak Ridge High School, TX
  • Don Crabtree, Park Hill High School, MO
  • Erik Dominguez, Desert Vista High School, AZ
  • Ross Eichele, Eagan High School, MN
  • Diane Forbes, Southlake Carroll High School, TX
  • David Gay, Alpharetta High School, GA
  • Holly Hathaway, Connersville High School, IN
  • William S. Hicks, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, IN
  • John Horner, Nixa High School, MO
  • Adam J. Jacobi, WI
  • Iain Lampert, iLEAD North Hollywood, CA
  • Lyle R. Linerode, Gahanna Lincoln High School, OH
  • Melissa Reynolds, Bishop Miege High School, KS
  • LeAnne Schmidt, Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy, MI
  • Suzanne W. Terry, Morristown West High School, TN
  • Elaine Waite, Randolph High School, NJ
  • Laura Whitcombe, McCutcheon High School, IN
  • Jeri Connors Willard, Oak Park High School, MO
  • J. Scott Wunn, National Speech & Debate Association, IA
  • Derek Yuill, Gabrielino High School, CA
Advanced Professional Speech & Debate Coach

 

  • Matthew F. Brandstetter, Fairmont Preparatory Academy, CA
  • Deanne Christensen, Oak Ridge High School, TX
  • Don Crabtree, Park Hill High School, MO
  • Erik Dominguez, Desert Vista High School, AZ
  • Ross Eichele, Eagan High School, MN
  • Diane Forbes, Southlake Carroll High School, TX
  • David Gay, Alpharetta High School, GA
  • Holly Hathaway, Connersville High School, IN
  • William S. Hicks, Brebeuf Jesuit Prep, IN
  • John Horner, Nixa High School, MO
  • Adam J. Jacobi, WI
  • Iain Lampert, iLEAD North Hollywood, CA
  • Lyle R. Linerode, Gahanna Lincoln High School, OH
  • Melissa Reynolds, Bishop Miege High School, KS
  • LeAnne Schmidt, Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy, MI
  • Suzanne W. Terry, Morristown West High School, TN
  • Elaine Waite, Randolph High School, NJ
  • Laura Whitcombe, McCutcheon High School, IN
  • Jeri Connors Willard, Oak Park High School, MO
  • J. Scott Wunn, National Speech & Debate Association, IA
  • Derek Yuill, Gabrielino High School, CA
Professional Speech & Debate Coach

 

  • Molly Beck, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO
  • Tammy Daugherty, Munster High School, IN
  • Cody Duncan, Borger High School, TX
  • Harold Easton, Marianas High School, Saipan
  • Sharon McGraw, Horizon Science Academy, OH
  • Reed Niemi, Delta Charter High School, CA
  • LeAnne Schmidt, Notre Dame Preparatory and Marist Academy, MI
  • Laura Whitcombe, McCutcheon High School, IN
Speech & Debate Educator Endorsement

 

  • Molly K. Beck, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, MO
  • Ross Eichele, Eagan High School, MN
  • Jonathan Estey, Science Leadership Academy, PA
  • Krista Hulderman, West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND
  • Victoria Hyde, Chiawana High School, WA
  • Kelsey Johnson, West Fargo Sheyenne High School, ND
  • Elizabeth Lamanna, Millennium Charter, CA
  • Janet Martin, Bowling Green High School, KY
  • Jennifer Raymond, Pattonville High School, MO
  • Christopher Ross, Frenship High School, TX
  • Marie Wetzel, Whitmer High School, OH
  • Jessica Wilkinson, Pascagoula High School, MS
The NSDA’s accreditation certificates tell current and prospective employers that you have made a strong commitment to speech and debate coaching and education through both longevity and continuing academic education. They are an invaluable and tangible demonstration of achievement in a field that is difficult to quantify. Janet Friedman-Pizzo

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