Peter Paik was the head coach of the University School speech and debate team for 18 years and is now serving as an assistant coach. Mr. Paik was inducted into the Ohio Speech and Debate Association's Coaches Hall of Fame in 2020. (See the induction speeches here.) His public forum debate team won the NSDA national championship in 2010. Under his leadership, University School won the NSDA School of Excellence in Debate Award in eight times. Mr. Paik's teams have been equally successful at the state level, winning the Ohio state championship in PF five times. In 2016 Mr. Paik and Mr. Lewis launched Classic Debate Camp at Kenyon College with Leslie Muhlbach, Aidan Brandt, and Edith Lui. Mr. Paik is committed to sharing with everyone both his expertise and his vision for the debate community.
Assistant Camp Director
Leslie Muhlbach currently coaches at Gahanna Lincoln High School, where she also teaches speech and debate classes. She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Massillon Washington and then became the head coach at Jackson. During her tenure at Jackson, she built her program into a powerhouse that won numerous district championships and claimed two OSDA team sweepstakes titles. In 2012, Ms. Muhlbach's public forum team won the Ohio state championship and her Lincoln-Douglas debater won 2nd place at the NSDA national tournament. In 2015, Ms. Muhlbach was inducted into the OSDA Coaches Hall of Fame. She believes that debate is the best way to teach young people the listening and speaking skills they need to become collaborative, ethical, and productive problem-solvers.
Edith Lui debated four years for Sylvania Southview High School and was the captain of the debate team her senior year. She has experience in Lincoln-Douglas, public forum, and congressional debate, as well as extemporaneous debate. However, her first love is Lincoln-Douglas. Edith actively competed around the state of Ohio and placed at eight tournaments during her senior year, including first place at Princeton HS. Edith is a two-time state qualifier in LD and a national qualifier in world schools debate. Edith is attending Miami University, where she is majoring in political science and computer science. She is ready to help new and veteran debaters and is eager to spread her love and passion for debate.
Educational Technology Consultant
Lisa Ulery is the Director of Technology and Libraries at University School. She has over 15 years of teaching and library experience in both public and independent schools. With a master's degree Instructional Technology, she is passionate about helping teachers and students balance their technology-rich lives. Ms. Ulery is eager to help the instructors of Classic Debate Camp launch Classic Debate Camp-Virtual Edition (CDC-V) this summer. She believes that CDC-V will not only provide students with a safe way to participate in debate camp this summer, but it will also help Classic Debate Camp to become more accessible and expand its community.
Ann Pierce has worked for nearly 20 years in the nursing field. She earned her practical nursing degree at the Knox County Career Center in 2002. She has extensive experience in Medical/Surgical post operative units, Developmentally Disabled Care, Allergy Clinic, and Ear Nose and Throat, among other specialties. Ann enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, kayaking, reading, and playing with their Yorkshire Terriers. During camp, students who need to take medication will meet privately with Ann in her office in the dorm. Our camp medical professional will be on campus full time and available to campers every day.