Sam Nelson is the Director of Speech & Debate and ILR school senior lecturer at Cornell University. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1984 and received a Juris Doctorate and master's in Speech Communication from Syracuse University. Sam has over 25 years of coaching debate and speech, having taught debate and other speech communication courses at the University of Vermont, SUNY Geneseo, Syracuse University, the University of Rochester.
Ming comes to Cornell from the International Institute of Akron, Ohio where she developed educational programs for refugee and immigrant youth and their families. She holds a master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked in multiple areas of educational programming around the world.
Armands holds a master's degree in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and has previously coached nationally ranked teams at both the high school and collegiate levels. As a college debater for the University of Southern California, he qualified for the highly competitive National Debate Tournament four times and was a high school Tournament of Champions winner.
Lindsay holds a master’s degree in Middle East Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and was a semifinalist at the European Universities Debating Championship in 2012 and the Cambridge IV in 2011. Lindsay has previously coached worlds debate at Portland State University and the University of London Union.
Theo is a professional actor, director and drama teacher with extensive experience in collegiate forensics. He earned his master's in fine arts in classical acting at George Washington University. In forensics, he competed for UC Berkeley's top-ranked team, and in high school was a three-time California state champion and ranked fourth nationally.